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How do doctors go about diagnosing uncommon diseases?

My question is, statistically most cases are horses, but how do you find the zebras? The answer is... complicated. I will answer first from my experience as a (US) physician, and secondly, from a ...
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What textbooks do medical students read to learn how to diagnose illnesses?

There is no specific book that will teach you how to diagnose illnesses. First of all, medicine is an extremely large and complex science, consisting of different specialties, and every one of them ...
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Self diagnosis expert system similar to easydiagnosis.com

There are quite a few free symptom checkers available online, for example: Symptify WebMD Mayo Clinic Patient.info (based on Isabel symptom checker) You can type in symptoms or choose them from the ...
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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?

Your question contains several parts. How is the process of the transvaginal ultrasound different than just a regular ultrasound? I imagine it's inserted into the vagina? Is it quite painful? ...
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Why doctors have different opinions and diagnosis for the same patient?

People are more complicated than machines. First, imagine a condition like "high blood pressure" or "underactive thyroid." It's not just a case of measuring one number about you and comparing it to ...
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How do doctors go about diagnosing uncommon diseases?

The UK National Health Service estimates that 80% of rare diseases have an underlying genetic etiology¹. Thus, rare diseases diagnosis now and in the near future is mostly a function of: Having a ...
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What textbooks do medical students read to learn how to diagnose illnesses?

I had to study pathophysiology. My textbook was called something like advanced pathophysiology. However, I learned a lot about neuropsychiatric conditions by studying a book titled something like ...
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Are there any "markers of low immunity" in people without any genetic immune disease?

Low immunity with frequent infections in adults without any genetic immunodeficiency disease can be due to: Genetic predisposition (Cureus) Old age (J Clin Invest) Excessive stress (Psychol Bull) ...
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How to differentially diagnose continuing sciatic pain given this existing information?

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS Differential diagnosis in an adult man with a unilateral pain in the gluteal area lasting for over a year and not worsening, without a history of trauma, infection or ...
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Can Babesiosis be confused with Fibromyalgia?

Here's a brief description of tests for babesiosis (PubMed, 2003): A CBC [Complete Blood Count] is a useful screening test since anemia and thrombocytopenia are commonly observed and parasites ...
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Does Dermatitis Herpatiformis have a differential diagnosis?

This is general information about celiac disease and dermatology. For individual diagnosis one must see a physician. A primary care physician is a good option, as they can diagnose celiac disease, ...
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ICD-10 codes: required to go to most-granular level?

It does not have to exhausted. The best way would be to point to coder's guideline. Instead, I will use a data method to prove it. To prove it via data, you can analyze data from Columbia Open ...
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Septic shock versus ordinary shock, symptoms?

When a person is in a shock their organs aren't recieving enough blood or oxygen. The main types of shock are: Cardiogenic shock (due to heart problems) Hypovolemic shock (caused by too little blood ...
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How is myocarditis diagnosed?

Diagnosis of myocarditis To diagnose myocarditis, your doctor may conduct a physical examination, and discuss your medical history and any signs or symptoms you may have. If your doctor suspects ...
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Explanation of normal CRP during neutrophilia?

C-reactive protein synthesis is driven primarily by interleukin-6 IL-6 induces CRP production in the liver by activating Janus kinases. Signal transducers and activators of transcription ...
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