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Differential diagnosis for acute appendicitis?

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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Dr. ASHRAF MALEK
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Enlarged Liver (Definition)

Hepatomegaly, otherwise known as an enlarged liver, is a clinical finding in which the liver is found to be larger than is normal, either by the physical exam from a physician or by imaging such as CT scan or ultrasound. This can be due to alcoholism, hepatitis viruses, inherited liver ...Read more


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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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What is pancreatitis? Differential diagnosis considered pud, pancreatitis.

Inflammation : It is inflammation of the pancreas. The most common causes are alcohol use and gallstones. Some medicines can cause it. It can be mild or severe. Sometimes the pancreas will start to digest itself. ...Read more

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Define differential diagnosis of prolymphocytic leukemia or mantle cell leukemia.

They are too differe: There should be no confusion between these two entities. One is a lymphoma(nodal disease) the other one is a blood cancer that should not affect the lymph nodes. Rather easy diagnosis if you are seeing the right type of specialist! ...Read more

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Please explain: 5 CM irregular splenic lesion. Differential diagnosis lymphoma and splenic metastasis. Could this be cancer?

Please explain: 5 CM irregular splenic lesion. Differential diagnosis lymphoma and splenic metastasis. Could this be cancer?

Yes: Both are forms of cancer. It could also be a benign hemangioma, an epidermoid cyst, an infart (how's your overall vascular health?) or any of a number of other entities. What to do next will depend on your history and physical exam. You're in no immediate danger but this very much needs to be followed up. Many of the lymphomas especially are very curable with today's biotech. ...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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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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Ultrasound report of popliteal fossa showed lipomas. Is this unusual? Differential diagnosis?

Ultrasound report of popliteal fossa showed lipomas. Is this unusual? Differential diagnosis?

Popliteal Lipoma : A lipoma is an extremely common benign lipid (fat) tumor. It can easily be identified on exam & verified by ultrasound. Lipomas can be seen anywhere on the body under the skin where there is fat. Malignant transformation is extremely rare. Lipomas formed from liponeogenesis, usually seen after a blunt trauma, has a higher incidence of liposarcoma transformation. Bakers cyst is not a lipoma. ...Read more

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Whats standard infectious workup post POTS diagnosis? Does typical workup include Lyme disease testing? ,

Whats standard infectious workup post POTS diagnosis? Does typical workup include Lyme disease testing?
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Yes: Lyme can cause autonomic dysfunction including POTS- good idea to get tested for lyme and its coinfections such as bartonella, mycoplasma, erhlichia, anaplasma, babesia and rocky mountain spotted fever which are all tick borne infections ...Read more

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Id expert: what is differential of rickettsia typhi vs possible mystery diagnoses?

What is the question: Rickettsia typhi causes typhus and is what killed ricketts when he was about to leave mexico city after helping our neighbor with an epidemic. Have no clue what you mean by "possible mystery diagnoses". Is a mystery to me. ...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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Myxofibrosarcoma presenting in the skin: clinicopathological features and differential diagnosis with cutaneous myxoid neoplasms.?

Fairly common: The differential diagnosis will be made by the pathology team. My teacher hector battifora was among the world's most distinguished sarcoma pathologists but said he would never sign one out without another pathologist. The low nuclear grade ones rarely metastasize / kill, but all are prone to annoying local recurrences. Good luck, glad it's this relatively tame (still dangerous) cancer. ...Read more

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Diferential diagnosis between dengue fever and malaria.

Fever: If you are trying to differentiate dengue fever and malaria, check the fever. If it is periodic (comes an goes) especially if it comes every 12, 24 36 or 72 hours and lasts for a couple hours then resolves, it is probably malaria. If the fever comes and stays for a couple days then it is more likely dengue. ...Read more

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What causes hypoproliferative thrombocytopenia ? what are the best diagnosis tests to determine hypoproliferative thrombocytopenia?

What causes hypoproliferative thrombocytopenia ? what are the best  diagnosis tests to determine hypoproliferative thrombocytopenia?

What's the cause?: This can be due to anything from drinking quinine bitters to having leukemia or cancer in the marrow to any of a variety of other things. It is not an illness on itself. ...Read more

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Treatment of hepatomegaly and its diagnosis?

Treatment of hepatomegaly  and its diagnosis?

Get some tests: There are a number of reasons for hepatomegally, or enlarged liver. Heart disease, vascular diseases, blood clotting disorders viral syndromes, diabetes, cirrhosis, cancers, and even infectious diseases can cause an enlarged liver a complete physical and history will guide the evaluation. Imaging studies and even a liver biopsy may be needed to make a diagnosis. Therapy will depend on diagnosi. ...Read more

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How is leukemia diagnosed and what are the differential diagnoses'?

How is leukemia diagnosed and what are the differential diagnoses'?

Evaluation: Leukemia is suspected based on a person's medical complaint and history, physical examination, and blood count results. It is diagnosed by blood testing and bone marrow examination. There are many types of leukemia. An abnormal blood count does not mean you have leukemia. The differential diagnosis depends on the type of blood count abnormality. ...Read more

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Please describe tests for tumor markers.?

Please describe tests for tumor markers.?

Hope for thr future: Tumor markers are substances found in the blood, urine, stool, other bodily fluids, or tissues of some patients with cancer. Tumor markers can be used to assess the response of a tumor to treatment and for prognosis, , researchers have hoped that they might also be useful in screening tests that aim to detect cancer early, before there are any symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the differential diagnosis of thyrotoxicosis ?

Hyperthyroidism: Graves disease, toxic multinodular goiter, subacute thyroiditis, post-partum thyroiditis, hashitoxicosis, taking too much synthroid, (thyroxine) and then many more rare disorders. In a 39 year old, most likely it is autoimmune thyroid disease: graves/hashitox. ...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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What causes an inhomogeneous spleen in hodgkin lymphoma?

What causes an inhomogeneous spleen in hodgkin lymphoma?

Lymphoma vs. other: The spleen in hl may be heterogeneous/inhomogeneous/non-uniform due to lymphoma involvement, spleen infarction (death) due to cancer death in the spleen, or infection, or "other". The radiologist may or may not be able to determine that and your oncologist might be able to say more about it with knowing the clinical history. ...Read more

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Liver Enlargement (Definition)

Liver enlargement is a clinical finding in which the liver is found to be larger than is normal, either by the physical exam from a physician or by imaging such as cat scan or ultrasound. This can be due to alcoholism, hepatitis viruses, inherited liver ...Read more


Dr. James Dukelow
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Differential Diagnosis (Definition)

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 ...Read more