Misdiagnosis of Asthma


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Although the exact situation with regard to asthma prevalence and diagnosis is unclear, there are certainly some populations in which asthma is under-diagnosed. Some sources claim asthma is under-diagnosed in children, with episodes of wheezing not considered possible cases of asthma, and thus not seeking diagnosis and treatment for asthma. However, other sources state that asthma is over-diagnosed in children. Asthma is also probably under-diagnosed in the elderly.

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

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

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

Misdiagnosis cases for Asthma: No cases available yet.
Last revision: April 9, 2003

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