Misdiagnosis of Sore Throat
Misdiagnosis of Sore Throat
Diagnosing a sore throat and its cause may be delayed or missed because in some cases, a sore throat may not be severe enough for a person to seek medical care. In addition, diagnosing the underlying or associated disease, disorder or condition can be delayed because noticeable symptoms, such as a sore throat, may not occur immediately, such as in tumors of the larynx. A sore throat is a symptom of many different conditions, so a thorough medical evaluation is needed to ensure an accurate diagnosis of the reason for a sore throat....more about Sore Throat »
Diseases for which Sore Throat may be an alternative diagnosis
The other diseases for which Sore Throat
is listed as a possible alternative
diagnosis in their lists include:
Sore Throat: Medical Mistakes
Related medical mistakes may include:
Sore Throat: Undiagnosed Conditions
Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:
Common Misdiagnoses and Sore Throat
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.
Chronic lung diseases hard to diagnose: Some of the chronic lung diseases
are difficult to diagnose.
Even the well-knowns conditions such as asthma or lung cancer often fail to be diagnosed early.
Some of the chronic lung diseases with diagnostic difficulties
include asthma (perhaps surprisingly), COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, mesothelioma,
smoker's cough, AIDS-related respiratory conditions (see AIDS), chronic pneumonia, and other respiratory diseases.
Rare possibilities include diseases like psittacosis (bird-related lung infection).
See other types of chronic lung diseases.
Sore Throat: Rare Types
Rare types of medical disorders and diseases in related medical areas:
Medical news summaries about misdiagnosis of Sore Throat:
The following medical news items
are relevant to misdiagnosis of Sore Throat:
General Misdiagnosis Articles
Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.
When checking for a misdiagnosis of Sore Throat
or confirming a diagnosis of Sore Throat,
it is useful to consider what other
medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative
conditions relevant to diagnosis.
These alternate diagnoses of Sore Throat may already have
been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible
alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Sore Throat.
For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases,
see Overview of Misdiagnosis.