Questions tagged [differential-diagnosis]

Questions requesting help with or suggestions about the process of making the diagnosis of disease based on symptoms and clinical indicators. Differential diagnosis questions must be framed in terms of theoretical, academic discussion and not as requests for personal medical advice (as with all questions on this site).

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Are there any “markers of low immunity” in people without any genetic immune disease?

Are there any blood or other tests that can reveal the immune status of people who have frequent infections but do not seem to have any genetic immunodeficiency disease? Merck Manuals mentions many ...
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How to differentially diagnose continuing sciatic pain given this existing information?

Pains along the sciatic nerve apparently have numerous possible causes (18 of them according to this article). Now, given the following facts, what would be appropriate differential-diagnostic ...
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Which differential diagnosis can distinguish a tendinopathy at the gluteus minimus from a tendinopathy at the gluteus medius (trochanter insertion)?

Which non-invasive differential diagnosis can distinguish a tendinopathy at the gluteus minimus from a tendinopathy at the gluteus medius (trochanter insertion), aside from medical imaging (MRI or ...
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What textbooks do medical students read to learn how to diagnose illnesses?

Your family doctor obviously learned how to diagnose various illnesses, such as the flu, skin conditions (rashes, burns, etc.), etc. I was wondering what textbooks they studied in medical school to ...
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Self diagnosis expert system similar to easydiagnosis.com

I am searching for a quality self diagnostics expert system similar to http://www.easydiagnosis.com (seams quite good) . Are there other avaliable for free ?
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Can Babesiosis be confused with Fibromyalgia?

I'm asking the question for someone who is both diagnosed Babesiosis and Fibromyalgia by different practicians. However the Babesiosis diagnosis seems weak because only based on a positive IgG (...
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Does Dermatitis Herpatiformis have a differential diagnosis?

"Dermatitis herpetiformis (DH), or Duhring's disease,[1][2] is a chronic blistering skin condition,[3] characterised by blisters filled with a watery fluid.[4] Despite its name, DH is neither related ...
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ICD-10 codes: required to go to most-granular level?

Given the example ICD-10 codes below, will a diagnosis code ever not be the most-granular option within a given classification? For example, could a patient's code be left at I21.0 and not taken to ...
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Can one be diagnosed with Lupus without the “Butterfly” rash ever occuring?

Theoretically, if one had the majority of the symptoms for Lupus, and even tested positive for SLE via a ANA blood test result, but still hasn't had a "Butterfly" rash ever to appear -- could they ...
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Why doctors have different opinions and diagnosis for the same patient?

I really wonder why different doctors have different opinions or diagnosis!! I've experienced many situations. For example: I went to ten doctors to see what's wrong with my eye, Some of them said I'm ...
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Septic shock versus ordinary shock, symptoms?

Doctors seem to draw a distinction between "septic shock" and "shock"? From a symptomatic point of view, is there a way to tell the difference?
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How is myocarditis diagnosed?

How is inflammation of the hearth muscle (myocarditis) diagnosed? What are typical symptoms? What is it commonly mixed up with? How do you differentiate reliably?
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Would a regular ultrasound be able to differnciate a benign ovarian cyst from an ovarian tumor? Or is a Transvaginal ultrasound needed?

Would a regular ultrasound ordered by an OBGYN be able to detect/differentiate typical benign ovarian cysts from an ovarian tumor? Or is a transvaginal ultrasound needed in that case? Are there ...
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Explanation of normal CRP during neutrophilia?

Let us assume we have a patient with this history and let us try to explain his/her normal CRP values on the end of this post given the fact of commorbid high fever and neutrophilia. The questions to ...