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Misdiagnosis of Urinary tract infections

Misdiagnosis of Urinary tract infections

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

However, in the elderly population, symptoms of a urinary tract infection, especially an early bladder infection, can be easily overlooked, delaying a diagnosis. Elderly people with a urinary tract 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 difficult urination (dysuria), or frequent urination (frequency). Instead, they may exhibit far more vague symptoms that are similar to many diseases or may be assumed to be due to aging. These symptoms include confusion, disorientation, fatigue, weakness, behavior changes or falling. In addition, because incontinence is common in the elderly, they may not be aware of the symptom of (frequency)....more about Urinary tract infections »

Diseases for which Urinary tract infections may be an alternative diagnosis

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

Urinary tract infections: Hidden Causes Misdiagnosed?

Causes of Urinary tract infections may include these medical conditions:

Urinary tract infections: Medical Mistakes

Related medical mistakes may include:

Urinary tract infections: Undiagnosed Conditions

Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:

Common Misdiagnoses and Urinary tract infections

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.

Rare type of breast cancer without a lump: There is a less common form of breast cancer called inflammatory breast cancer. Its symptoms can be an inflammation of the breast tissue, such as with a breast rash with redness and warmth, but not necessarily a physical breast lump. This type of breast cancer should be considered as an uncommon possibility for certain types of breast symptoms.

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.

Urinary tract infections: Rare Types

Rare types of medical disorders and diseases in related medical areas:

General Misdiagnosis Articles

Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.

About misdiagnosis:

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


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