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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Differential Diagnosis (Overview)

Is a process of elimination, to look at several possibilities for diagnosing a probable illness, through process of elimination, to narrow those probabilities, so as a final diagnosis is made.


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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

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
3 doctors shared insights

Differential Diagnosis (Overview)

Is a process of elimination, to look at several possibilities for diagnosing a probable illness, through process of elimination, to narrow those probabilities, so as a final diagnosis is made.


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What is the definition or description of: differential diagnosis?

Diff. Dx: Is a process of elimination, to look at several possibilities for diagnosing a probable illness, through process of elimination, to narrow those probabilities, so as a final diagnosis is made. ...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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What is the likely differential diagnosis of cervicitis?

What is the likely differential diagnosis of cervicitis?

Vaginitis: Most commonly, cervicitis is the result of an infection, although it can also be caused by injury or irritation (as a reaction to the chemicals in douches and contraceptives, for example, or a forgotten tampon). The three most common infectious causes of cervicitis are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomonas. All three are considered sexually transmitted diseases. ...Read more

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Help please? What is the differential diagnosis of malaria, and what does it mean?

DDx of malaria: The differential diagnosis of malaria would actually be the differential diagnosis of any acute febrile illness for which malaria would be a possibility. Anyone who resided in a malarial zone, or who had recently visited one, would have the differential of malaria as a possible cause if they developed an acute febrile illness. ...Read more

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Whats the differential diagnosis of thyrotoxicosis ?

Mostly thyroid: Thyroid disease: graves or toxic nodular goiter; thyroiditis: subacute, post partum, "hashitoxicosis; very rarely thyroid cancer, or pitutary tumor making tsh. Taking too much thyroid hormone (beware of "herbal" supplements. Trophoblastic disease during pregnancy. The diagnosis is usually graves, toxic goiter, or thyroiditis. ...Read more

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What is the differential diagnosis of thyrotoxicosis ?

Several causes: Graves' disease, benign thyroid tumor(toxic adenoma), multi-nodular goiter, thyroiditis, taking excessive amount of thyroid hormone. ...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 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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Can somebody help me in finding the differential diagnosis of sids?

Can somebody help me in finding the differential diagnosis of sids?

SIDS: Sids is sort of a diagnosis of exclusion -- when no other cause of death is found at autopsy. Sometimes the infant has died because of suffocation when bed-sharing with an adult and sometimes it is found that the infant had an undiagnosed cardiac defect or had an infection. Sids is most common betweeen 2-4 mo of age, winter season, and the infant may have had symtoms of a mild respiratory illnes. ...Read more