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Misdiagnosis of Bladder infection

Bladder infection: Misdiagnosis

People who are young or middle-aged are often diagnosed and treated quickly with a bladder infection. This is because the symptoms are often so painful and/or inconvenient that they seek prompt medical care.

However, in the elderly population, symptoms of a bladder infection can be easily overlooked, delaying a diagnosis. Elderly people with a bladder infection are more likely than younger people not to be diagnosed until the complication of sepsis occurs.

The elderly often do not experience or report the obvious symptoms that younger people have, such as burning with urination or frequent urination. Instead, they may exhibit far more vague symptoms that are similar to many diseases or may be assumed to be due to aging. These include confusion, disorientation, fatigue, weakness, a change in behavior, or falling. In addition, because incontinence is common in the elderly, they may not be aware of the symptom of frequent urination.

Bladder infection: Related Misdiagnoses

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.

Interstitial cystitis an under-diagnosed bladder condition: The medical condition of interstitial cystitic is a bladder condition that can be misdiagnosed as various conditions such as overactive bladder or other causes of pelvic pain. This condition can cause chronic pelvic pain or symptoms of urinary incontinence, similar to overactive bladder. Millions of patients may be misdiagnosed - an estimated third of the 9 million women with chronic pelvic pain (CPP) or 4.5 million of the 17 million women with overactive bladder syndrome do not respond well to treatment, and may have interstitial cystitis rather than their given diagnosis. In other words, about 6 million US women may have misdiagnosed interstitial cystitis. See interstitial cystitis or overactive bladder, or incontinence.

Bladder infection: Possibly Deadly Misdiagnoses

Some of the causes, which may potentially be dangerous or fatal if left undiagnosed, may include:

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Conditions listing medical symptoms: Bladder infection:

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Conditions listing medical complications: Bladder infection:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Bladder infection' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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