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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.

About misdiagnosis:

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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