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Whats a differential diagnosis?

Whats a differential diagnosis?

Differential diag.: A differential diagnosis is compiling all of the signs and symtoms of a disease that the patient presents with and arriving at the possibilites of what may be their illness. Each possible diagnosis is either ruled in or ruled out based on findings upon physical exam, laboratory tests, xrays, ct scans, mri, etc. ...Read more

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Differential diagnosis for acute appendicitis?

RLQ Pain: Long list including diverticulitis, crohn's disease, pelvic inflammatory disease, cholecystitis(gallbladder), ovarian cyst or twisted ovary, colon cancer, kidney stone, perforated ulcer, pancreatitis, bacterial infection and urinary tract infection to name a few. ...Read more

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Differential diagnosis for fetus with hydrops?

Hydrops fetalis (HF): Hf is divided into two major categories: immune hf and nonimmune hf. Immune hydrops fetalis is caused by rh incompatibility, and used to be the most common cause. All other causes of hf are termed non-immune and may be caused by chromosomal aberrations, other genetic disorders, infections, anemias, structural birth defects such as congenital heart disease, and many other causes. ...Read more

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Differential diagnosis for following pediatric fact pattern?

Confusing question: Your question makes no sense.Please submit appropriate basic facts and a clear question if you seek an answer.The questions are not linked on the site so each question should stand alone & be submitted as an open question, not to a specific person. ...Read more

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What is the differential diagnosis for fibromyalgia?

What is the differential diagnosis for fibromyalgia?

Too much to mention.: Fibromyalgia is a complex condition with associated allodynia or severe pain on pressure points which are widespread in the body, the differential diagnosis include depression, other types of myofascial pain stress related muscle spasms . Rather tan differential diagnosis, fibromyalgia is associated with a lot of somatic conditions like tmj. It usually is associated with sleep disturbances. ...Read more

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Definitive diagnosis of pudnedal neuralgia?

Definitive diagnosis of pudnedal neuralgia?

Neurology consult: A definitive diagnosis will require definitive evaluation. For a neurologic complaint, a neurologist is the best bet. Good luck. ...Read more

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How to confirm diagnosis of fibroadenosis?

How to confirm diagnosis of fibroadenosis?

Biopsy: An experienced surgeon can determine by examination and imaging if there is a fibroadenoma. The most definitive confirmation is to have a needle biopsy. This is performed as an outpatient procedure and results are back in 2-3 days. Fibroadenomas are benign without any potential to turn into cancer. ...Read more

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Please help docs! is self diagnosis for cyclothymia accurate?

Please help docs! is self diagnosis for cyclothymia accurate?

Be careful: You may be right, but have a psychiatrist evaluate you to be sure. Remember, a surgeon can operate on anyone but himself. ...Read more

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What is a frozen shoulder? Symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment.

What is a frozen shoulder? Symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment.

Stiff shoulder: The medical term is adhesive capsulitis. The capsule covers the joint, and in this condition the capsule "tightens" up and restricts motion. It can be caused by trauma, is associated with Insulin dependent diabetics, and often occurs without any reason (idiopathic). Diagnosis is typically through clinical exam. Often gets better with time, but therapy, injections, and surgery may be required. ...Read more

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Is genetic testing necessary for CMT diagnosis?

Is genetic testing necessary for CMT diagnosis?

No: Diagnosis can be made by other means, though genetic testing will provide confirmation and pin point the defect. See this site for more info. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001741/. ...Read more

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Is a diagnosis of Crohn's disease accurate without biopsy?

Crohn's: it is not completely possible to diagnose Crohn's without biopsy. ...Read more

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Yes...any diagnosis and treatment.....?

There is no: specific information in the question. Can you re-submit with details? ...Read more

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Can preimplantation genetic diagnosis testing work on diagnosising ataxia telangiectasia?

Can preimplantation genetic diagnosis testing work on diagnosising ataxia telangiectasia?

Perhaps: It is a genetic disorder with the parents acting as carriers. Atcp.Org might be a good starting place to investigate genetic counseling prior to conception and try to evaluate your risk. ...Read more

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Is early diagnosis important?

Is early diagnosis important?

6 sxs not to ignore!: Go get help immediately if: 1) Heart attack symptoms--chest pressure, pain, discomfort; pain radiating to back, arm, neck, jaw; sweating; nausea/vomiting 2) Stroke symptoms--weakness; unilateral numbness; confusion; slurred speech; dizziness; trouble seeing or with balance 3) Excruciating headache (worst ever) 4) Unconsciousness of any duration 5) Trouble breathing 6) Severe abdominal pain. ...Read more

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How is a sleep apnea diagnosis confirmed?

How is a sleep apnea diagnosis confirmed?

Sleep study: A sleep study is the test used to diagnose sleep apnea. The test is done in 2 parts. The first part consists of monitoring you while you sleep. The second part involves putting you on a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine to see if it improves your sleep and breathing. If it works, the settings are then "titrated" to see what levels work best for you. ...Read more

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What is tissue diagnosis?

What is tissue diagnosis?

Pathology: A "mass" can be anything including non-cancer. A piece of tissue from a mass (or bone marrow biopsy, or blood) placed on a glass slide for a pathologist to review with special stains and sometimes molecular tests can give a "tissue diagnosis". With very few exceptions (eg, hcc, germ cell cancer) oncologists require a "tissue diagnosis" before treating cancer. ...Read more

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How to diagnostically evaluate for groin lump? What are the differential diagnosis? Examinations and investigations done to reach diagnosis?

How to diagnostically evaluate for groin lump?
What are the differential diagnosis? Examinations and investigations done to reach diagnosis?

Need to see your Dr.: When evaluating patients w/groin lumps, possibilities include hernias, enlarged lymph nodes, & fatty tumors, all of which may feel similar. The best place to start is with a primary care doctor. While ct scans and/or an ultrasound can be helpful, a careful exam by a general surgeon may be the only test needed. ...Read more

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Would upper endoscopy provide a definitive diagnosis of any condition ?

Would upper endoscopy provide a definitive diagnosis of any condition ?

For many: Not for every condition in the GI tract but it is definitive for many such as celiac disease, crohn's disease, peptic ulcer disease, h pylori infection, eosinophilic esophagitis, many cancers....Ask you GI which diseases can be definitively diagnosed for the symptoms you are experiencing. ...Read more

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