A 32-year-old female asked:
what do you do if a difference symptoms suggest different diagnosis?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge answered
40 years experience Internal Medicine
Second opinion: If you develop new symptoms, you should discuss that with your doctor. If you are not comfortable with your diagnosis, you may wish to get a second opinion.
Answered on Jun 23, 2015
Dr. Donald Alves answered
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Change course: It would be irresponsible to forge on in a direction you now think to be incorrect, so you adjust your working diagnosis--that is what the history, exam, and tests help us to do--keep narrowing our differential diagnosis until we pin down the cause of someone's problem. Tests can rule things out, but so can evolving symptoms, which is why we often ask the same questions repeatedly.
Answered on Jun 13, 2015
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