Misdiagnosis of Tuberculosis
Misdiagnosis of Tuberculosis
A diagnosis of tuberculosis can be missed or delayed because in latent tuberculosis there are no symptoms. In addition, in active tuberculosis symptoms be vague and similar to symptoms of other diseases. These include upper respiratory infection, cold, bronchitis, pneumonia, and influenza.
In addition, a diagnosis of tuberculosis may be delayed or overlooked because it is often thought of as uncommon in the U.S....more about Tuberculosis »
A diagnosis of tuberculosis may be missed or delayed because the disease may not cause symptoms in the majority of people infected with the bacteria....more about Tuberculosis »
Alternative diagnoses list for Tuberculosis:
For a diagnosis of Tuberculosis,
the following list of conditions
have been mentioned in sources
as possible alternative diagnoses
to consider during the diagnostic process for Tuberculosis:
Diseases for which Tuberculosis may be an alternative diagnosis
The other diseases for which Tuberculosis
is listed as a possible alternative
diagnosis in their lists include:
Tuberculosis: Hidden Causes Misdiagnosed?
Causes of Tuberculosis may include these medical conditions:
Rare Types of Tuberculosis:
Tuberculosis: Medical Mistakes
Related medical mistakes may include:
Tuberculosis: Undiagnosed Conditions
Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:
Discussion of diagnosis/misdiagnosis of Tuberculosis:
The doctor confirms the diagnosis of sarcoidosis by eliminating other
diseases with similar features. These include such granulomatous diseases as
berylliosis (a disease resulting from exposure to beryllium metal),
tuberculosis, farmer's lung disease (hypersensitivity pneumonitis), fungal
infections, rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatic fever, and cancer of the lymph nodes
(Source: excerpt from NHLBI, Sarcoidosis: NHLBI)
Common Misdiagnoses and Tuberculosis
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.
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.
Tuberculosis: Rare Types
Rare types of medical disorders and diseases in related medical areas:
Medical news summaries about misdiagnosis of Tuberculosis:
The following medical news items
are relevant to misdiagnosis of Tuberculosis:
Misdiagnosis and Tuberculosis deaths
Tuberculosis is a condition
that can possibly be deadly if misdiagnosed...more »
General Misdiagnosis Articles
Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.
When checking for a misdiagnosis of Tuberculosis
or confirming a diagnosis of Tuberculosis,
it is useful to consider what other
medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative
conditions relevant to diagnosis.
These alternate diagnoses of Tuberculosis may already have
been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible
alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Tuberculosis.
For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases,
see Overview of Misdiagnosis.
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