Misdiagnosis of Asperger syndrome


About misdiagnosis: When checking for a misdiagnosis of Asperger syndrome or confirming a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome, it is useful to consider what other medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative conditions relevant to diagnosis. These alternate diagnoses of Asperger syndrome may already have been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Asperger syndrome. For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases, see Overview of Misdiagnosis.

Alternative diagnoses list for Asperger syndrome: For a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome, the following list of conditions have been mentioned in sources as possible alternative diagnoses to consider during the diagnostic process for Asperger syndrome:

  • Autism - Asperger syndrome is similar to autism with good language function.

Asperger syndrome as an alternative diagnosis: The other diseases for which Asperger syndrome is listed as a possible alternative diagnosis in their lists include:

Discussion of diagnosis/misdiagnosis of Asperger syndrome: Some individuals who exhibit features of autism (a developmental brain disorder characterized by impaired social interaction and communication skills) but who have well-developed language skills may be diagnosed with AS, although high-functioning autism differs from AS in early language delay. 1

Medical news summaries about misdiagnosis of Asperger syndrome: The following medical news items are relevant to misdiagnosis of Asperger syndrome:

Misdiagnosis cases for Asperger syndrome: No cases available yet.

1. excerpt from NINDS Asperger Syndrome Information Page: NINDS

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