Difficulties Involved In Diagnosis

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Assess possible difficulties involved in the diagnosis of the disorders from their signs and symptoms. For diabetes: There could be many different factors of difficulties in diagnosing someone with diabetes. One factor could be that the signs and symptoms are quite generic and could be misleading , the symptoms could be of many conditions. Like frequent urination is one of the symptoms but this could suggest to the doctor that she had a bladder problem, or it could be seen as indicative of diabetes mellitus as well as diabetes insipidus which is a completely different condition or it could be UTI infections or benign prostate hypertrophy. Just like this one symptom, there are many other symptoms which could be over looked as something…show more content…
It's also tough for children to be diagnosed as because not many of them will be able to perform some of the tests. Asthma is identified established from a medical history, physical examination and lung function test. Asthma is by definition a chronic disorder. It is diagnosed by a pattern of recurrent symptoms over a period of time, generally at least one year. Any of the S&S associated with asthma may occur with one illness or even several separate illnesses, but not recur over a longer period. For example one episode of bronchitis may mimic asthma, and you could have more than one case of bronchitis in a year if the patient is severely sick. So a diagnosis of asthma can only be made if the S&S are recurrent over a long period of time. Classic signs of asthma (coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath) can all be symptoms of other illness's. So just hearing a wheeze or cough does not definitely mean asthma and to make it even more confusing not all asthmatics wheeze. For example the wheezing can be misdiagnosed for upper airway obstruction, heart failure, cystic…show more content…
The upper airway of your respiratory system consists of the trachea, voice box, and throat. A blockage in your airway could prevent your body from getting enough oxygen. Therefore it is very easy to misdiagnose upper airway obstruction and asthma because of the symptoms, the patient might not be able to get enough oxygen, being out of breath, all this could indicate asthma as well as upper airway obstruction. Also in cystic Fibrosis, some of the symptoms in the start are close to asthma like persistent cough, wheezing and recurring chest and lung infections. There for it is easy to misdiagnose asthma for Cystic fibrosis. The airway obstruction can be due to endoluminal pathology or due to external compression. Patients are often misdiagnosed as asthma before the correct diagnosis is made. Most patients who develop upper airway obstruction have a known diagnosis of cancer, but at times it may be the first presentation of a small, critically placed lesion that is curable. In the pediatric age group, many children with Hodgkins lymphoma present directly in respiratory obstruction caused by a mediastinal mass as the first symptom. On presentation patients may exhibit tachypnea and various degree of respiratory distress. Signs and symptoms develop when the airway obstruction impairs airflow to the point of increasing the work of breathing or altering cardiopulmonary

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