Misdiagnosis of Nasal congestion
Alternative diagnoses list for Nasal congestion:
For a diagnosis of Nasal congestion,
the following list of conditions
have been mentioned in sources
as possible alternative diagnoses
to consider during the diagnostic process for Nasal congestion:
Nasal congestion: Medical Mistakes
Related medical mistakes may include:
Common Misdiagnoses and Nasal congestion
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.
Hidden cancer- Nasopharyngeal carcinoma: This is a cancer which occurs in the nasopharynx - an area located
behind the nose and above the throat. Vague nature of symptoms, hidden
location and rare occurrence are all factors which are responsible for
its late diagnosis. In fact, in most of the cases the diagnosis is only
made after the cancer has metastasized thus making it difficult to
treat. Although it most commonly occurs between ages 30 years and 60
years it can also occur in children. This cancer shows a very good
response to radiation therapy and hence, radiation therapy is chosen as
the first line of treatment.
General Misdiagnosis Articles
Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.
When checking for a misdiagnosis of Nasal congestion
or confirming a diagnosis of Nasal congestion,
it is useful to consider what other
medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative
conditions relevant to diagnosis.
These alternate diagnoses of Nasal congestion may already have
been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible
alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Nasal congestion.
For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases,
see Overview of Misdiagnosis.
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