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Misdiagnosis of Mononucleosis

Misdiagnosis of Mononucleosis

Misdiagnosing mononucleosis is possible because the early symptoms of mononucleosis can mimic other diseases, such as strep throat, influenza, cold, pharyngitis, tonsillitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, lymphoma, and upper respiratory infection.

To ensure the symptoms are due to mononucleosis and not other diseases, some tests may be done, such as a throat culture and sensitivity test to test for strep throat....more about Mononucleosis »

Alternative diagnoses list for Mononucleosis:

For a diagnosis of Mononucleosis, the following list of conditions have been mentioned in sources as possible alternative diagnoses to consider during the diagnostic process for Mononucleosis:

Diseases for which Mononucleosis may be an alternative diagnosis

The other diseases for which Mononucleosis is listed as a possible alternative diagnosis in their lists include:

Mononucleosis: Medical Mistakes

Related medical mistakes may include:

Discussion of diagnosis/misdiagnosis of Mononucleosis:

CMV should be suspected if a patient:

  • has symptoms of infectious mononucleosis but has negative test results for mononucleosis and Epstein Barr virus, or,
  • shows signs of hepatitis, but has negative test results for hepatitis A, B, and C.
(Source: excerpt from Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Infection: DVRD)

Common Misdiagnoses and Mononucleosis

Sinusitis is overdiagnosed: There is a tendency to give a diagnosis of sinusitis, when the condition is really a harmless complication of another infection, such as a common cold.

Whooping cough often undiagnosed: Although most children in the Western world have been immunized against whooping cough (also called "pertussis"), this protection wears off after about 15 years. Thus, any teen or adult with a persistent cough may actually have whooping cough. This is particularly dangerous for babies too young to be vaccinated, and any un-vaccinated children. Whooping cough can be fatal to an infant. The cough symptoms of whooping cough is usually productive initially, but then becomes a persistent dry cough, lasting up to 100 days. Elderly grandparents may also be a reservoir of undiagnosed whooping cough.

General Misdiagnosis Articles

Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.

About misdiagnosis:

When checking for a misdiagnosis of Mononucleosis or confirming a diagnosis of Mononucleosis, it is useful to consider what other medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative conditions relevant to diagnosis. These alternate diagnoses of Mononucleosis may already have been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Mononucleosis. For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases, see Overview of Misdiagnosis.


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