diagnosis of exclusion


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A disease or clinical nosology that is rare or unexpected based on the patient’s details and often unresponsive to therapy, the diagnosis of which is seriously considered only when all other possible—potentially treatable conditions—e.g., 'growing pains' or idiopathic midline granuloma—have been completely excluded
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diagnosis of exclusion

Decision-making A disease or clinical nosology that is extremely rare, and often unresponsive to therapy, the diagnosis of which is seriously considered only when all other possible–potentially treatable conditions–eg 'growing pains' or idiopathic midline granuloma, have been completely excluded. Cf Working diagnosis.
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Allergies are a diagnosis of exclusion, so other causes of itchy skin should be excluded before diagnosing allergic skin disease.
Unfortunately, some require a "diagnosis of exclusion" once everything else has been ruled out.
CNO remains a diagnosis of exclusion. The presence of bone pain associated with edema, local heat, fractures, cutaneous lesions (including palmoplantar pustulosis, psoriasis and acne), peripheral arthritis, and discrete elevations of evidence of inflammatory activity suggest the diagnosis [7].
The clinical differential diagnoses included lupus vulgaris, chromoblastomycosis, cutaneous nocardiosis, atypical mycobacterial infection and pyoderma vegetans as diagnosis of exclusion. He was investigated for complete blood count, liver function tests, renal function tests, glucose levels which were within normal limits with hemoglobin of 8.6gm/dl.
A whiplash injury is a diagnosis of exclusion. The doctors in the best position to help acutely would be the emergency medicine physician, the neurosurgeon, or the orthopedic surgeon.
(1-3) IOI has no known local or systemic cause and is commonly a diagnosis of exclusion. (2,4) IOI's characteristic symptoms are pain, swelling, and proptosis.
IGM is a diagnosis of exclusion because there are several processes, such as sarcoidosis or tuberculosis of the breast, that may induce GM.
Primary lymphedema was considered as a diagnosis of exclusion. When the patient was discharged from NICU at the 33rd week of gestation, he weighed 2000 grams and had no other complaints (Figure 1).
It is also to be to remember that AOSD is a diagnosis of exclusion. AOSD has been associated with markedly elevated serum ferritin concentrations in as much as 70 percent of patients.
It's important to note that fibromyalgia is a diagnosis of exclusion. Optimal therapy should be based on a discussion between the patient and doctor and is best achieved through multidisciplinary intervention including both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies, such as exercise and interventions to improve sleep and reduce anxiety and stress."
This report discusses an atypical presentation of AIDP, the diagnostic process of identifying Guillain-Barre syndrome, a brief literature synopsis of the correlation between psychosis and psychosomatic complaints in patients with Guillain-Barre syndrome, and the importance of evaluating all presenting complaints thoroughly and remembering psychosomatic disorders are a diagnosis of exclusion.
As a diagnosis of exclusion, it is important to rule out infectious etiology as well as malignant, metabolic, and toxic etiologies before arriving at the diagnosis of autoimmune encephalitis [3].