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Misdiagnosis of Syphilis

Misdiagnosis of Syphilis

A prompt diagnosis and treatment of syphilis increases the chances of curing the sexually transmitted disease before it can progress into later stages and result in serious complications.

Syphilis is relatively easy to diagnose, but a diagnosis can be missed or delayed because chancre lesions are painless and there may be no visible chancre lesions in a woman. Females may be unaware of the infection, because chancre lesions may be located inside the vagina. In addition, fear or embarrassment may prevent a person with syphilis from seeking diagnosis and treatment and from notifying sexual partners of the infection. Diagnosis may also be delayed because there may be no symptoms for many years after the first two stages of syphilis have passed.

Because of these factors, it is important to have regular medical care throughout a lifetime in order to maximize the chances of early diagnosis and treatment....more about Syphilis »

Diseases for which Syphilis may be an alternative diagnosis

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

Syphilis: Medical Mistakes

Related medical mistakes may include:

Syphilis: Undiagnosed Conditions

Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:

Discussion of diagnosis/misdiagnosis of Syphilis:

Syphilis has sometimes been called "the great imitator" because its early symptoms are similar to those of many other diseases. Sexually active people should consult a doctor about any suspicious rash or sore in the genital area. Those who have been treated for another STD, such as gonorrhea, should be tested to be sure they have not also acquired syphilis. (Source: excerpt from Syphilis, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

Common Misdiagnoses and Syphilis

Hidden diagnosis of chronic STD: The book "A Dose of Sanity" reports on a case of a many diagnosed with depression, who was correctly diagnosed with seronegative syphilis (see syphilis). The late forms of syphilis can mimic many psychological disorders.

Antibiotics often causes diarrhea: The use of antibiotics are very likely to cause some level of diarrhea in patients. The reason is that antibiotics kill off not only "bad" bacteria, but can also kill the "good" bacteria in the gut. This leads to "digestive imbalance" where there are too few remaining "good" bacteria in the digestive system. The treatment is typically to use "probiotics", such as by eating yoghurt cultures containing more of the good bacteria. See digestive imbalance and probiotics.

Psoriasis often undiagnosed cause of skin symptoms in children: Children who suffer from the skin disorder called psoriasis can often go undiagnosed. The main problem is that psoriasis is rare in children, and not often seen by physicians for this reason. children may receive treatment for fungal skin infections. See misdiagnosis of psoriasis or symptoms of psoriasis.

Misdiagnosis and Syphilis deaths

Syphilis is a condition that can possibly be deadly if misdiagnosed...more »

General Misdiagnosis Articles

Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.

About misdiagnosis:

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


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