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What is a differential diagnosis?
A differential diagnosis may be known as efficient method of diagnosing a disorder that may lack distinctive symptoms. Often differential diagnosis is the way of looking at all the potential reasons for the symptoms that are present in an individual in order to obtain a diagnosis. Some doctors may use this method in order to find a diagnosis, whereas some doctors are known to specialize in differential diagnosis. Differential diagnosis may often cause many questions for many individuals such as what differential diagnosis is or what the differential diagnosis symptoms are. Questions’ regarding differential diagnosis has been answered below by Experts.
What is the differential diagnosis for the following symptoms: crushing central chest pain, radiates down left arm, sweaty, clammy, dyspnea, full regular radial pulse 96bpm, blood pressure 115/85, nauseous conscious but distressed due to pain, indigestion for the past two weeks?
The cardiac differential diagnosis may include:
• Angina which may be caused by lowered blood flow through the arteries that supply the heart
• Heart attack
• Myocarditis or pericarditis which may be an infection in the heart muscle or the lining of the heart
An exam by a medical practitioner may be needed that may include an EKG (electrocardiogram), blood work, chest x-ray, an ultrasound of the heart and possibly a stress test.
The pulmonary differential diagnosis may include:
or blood clots. The risk factors may include smoking, family history of blood clots, recent surgery, long trips or a recent injury to a leg.
may present a fever or a cough.
A gastrointestinal differential diagnosis may include:
• Acid reflux or peptic ulcers
• Gall bladder disease
An examination by a medical practitioner may be needed to either properly diagnose or rule out any of the differential diagnosis.
What does the differential diagnosis of arthropod assault, erythema chronicum mirgrans, pseudo-lymphoma mean?
An arthropod assault diagnosis may often describe the reaction a person’s skin may have to an insect bite. The reaction may often include inflammation or esoinophilic blood response. Erythema chronicum migrans (ECM) may be known as a rash that often appears on the skin; which may also be linked to Lyme disease. Psuedo-lymphoma may not be a specific disease, but may describe a non-specific reaction of the skin to possibly unknown stimuli where the inflamed cells gather in a lymphomatous appearance.
What is the differential diagnosis for paranoia, extreme mood swings, anti-social, anger easily and fatigue?
The symptoms that are being exhibited may be caused by depression and anxiety; however, there may also be other medical condition that could be considered for differential diagnosis. The conditions that may need to be considered may often include endocrine problems such as
or adrenal disease, or neurologic discords such as multiple sclerosis or possibly infectious or inflammatory diseases located in the brain.
Obstructive sleep apnea
may also have similar symptoms as psychiatric symptoms. If focal neurologic symptoms or findings are noticed on an exam, then there may be a neurologic disorder occurring. The symptoms may also be the cause by certain drugs which may include alcohol or recreational drugs. An exam from a medical professional may be needed in order to find the exact diagnosis.
What could be the differential diagnosis for back and abdominal pain?
If the pain seems to get worse when coughing, strain for a bowel movement, lift a heavy object or at the end of the day the differential diagnosis may include a prolapsed of uterus or bladder or possibly the rectum. These issues may be related to frequent child birth, injury during child birth or possibly for no reason at all. A medical practitioner may also include a spine or disc herniation related pain in a differential diagnosis. A rare differential diagnosis may include abdominal swelling. An exam by a medical practitioner may be needed to have the necessary tests performed in order to rule out any of these conditions.
A differential diagnosis may be a list of different conditions from the different symptoms that may be exhibited and in return causing an individual to have many questions about further testing, what the diagnosis means or even which type of doctor the individual should be seen by. For individuals who have these or similar questions, individuals may contact an Expert.
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I have several closed, red sores (ulcers?) on the back of my throat. It is only mildly uncomfortable when I swallow and usually, I don't feel anything. The discomfort is not unlike dry throat when you wake up in the morning. This is the end of the first day I've had these symptoms and I now have a slight stomach ache along with it. What do I have/how serious is it?
Good Morning Dr, I Have been very ill 9 months
Good Morning Dr,
I Have been very ill for about 9 months with chest tightness, facial and left arm numbness, terrible cough, headache neck and shoulder pain, dizziness, nausea, vomiting extreme fatigue. It's been so bad my last day of work was at the end of March. I have been to the ER many times and to the doctors office with no real answers. 2 days ago I signed up to view chart trying to figure out what is happening and I came across a CT angiogram chest with contrast that was done 8 months ago and states a 0.6 cm and 0.5 cm nodular density is seen in right upper lobe. Their exact etiology and clinical significance is not known, Pulmonary neoplasm remains in the differential diagnosis and cannot be excluded based on this study. Follow-up imaging is needed. I knew nothing about this and have made an appointment with MD. I this serious enough to warrant ER visit or can wait for MD appointment?
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