How to use the Diseases Center


The Diseases Center is mainly for people already diagnosed with a condition, or concerned about a particular condition, and attempts to provide information about how to confirm or disprove a diagnosis. The Diseases Center provides a separate section for each of more than 1,200 different diseases. Each disease has its own area with numerous subpages of information on all aspects of disease.

How to Find a Condition: A particular condition can be looked up on the web site in numerous ways. The Diseases Center lists numerous common conditions. A full list of diseases A-Z is available.

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N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

Searching for a disease: Or you can simply type the disease name into the Search button on every page, or on the Search Page. Links to all of the sub-pages for a disease are at the bottom of the opening page for each disease, and there is also navigation information such as "next page" on the left-hand-side and bottom of any web page.

Misdiagnosis-related information: For each disease, information is provided about misdiagnoses, underlying conditions, symptoms, and numerous other aspects of the disease. The key areas with regard to misdiagnosis of a disease are as follows:

  • Misdiagnoses: other possible diagnoses that may need to be considered or ruled out; see also Completely Wrong Diagnosis.
  • Failure to Diagnose: information on whether the condition is likely to remain undiagnosed; see also Failure to Diagnose.
  • Wrong Subtype Misdiagnosis: failure to diagnose the correct subtype of the disease; see also Wrong Subtype Misdiagnosis.
  • Underlying Conditions: possible conditions that may be the real cause of the disease; see also Underlying Condition Misdiagnosed.
  • Medication Causes: possible medications that might be causing the condition; see also Medication Underlying Cause Misdiagnosis.
  • Misdiagnosis of Complications: about how to diagnose common complications of the condition; see also Complications Misdiagnosed.
  • Associated Conditions: additional conditions often co-occurring with the disease; see also Related Condition Misdiagnosis.
  • Symptoms: lists of possible symptoms that the disease may cause.
  • Diagnostic Tests: lists of medical tests that may be required to confirm the diagnosis.

General disease information: In addition to misdiagnosis-related information, various pages of general information are provided about each disease. Not all types of information are available for every disease, but the reach is continually extending. Some examples of this kind of information include:

  • Prevalence and Incidence: statistics about the number of people affected.
  • Causes: the possible causes of a condition.
  • Prognosis: the likely outcomes with the condition.
  • Statistics: various statistics about each disease.
  • Risk Factors: factors that make it more likely to get the disease.
  • Inheritance and Genetics: information about the extent that genetics affects the disease.
  • Contagiousness: information about how the disease is transmitted or "caught" from other people.
  • Treatments: methods that have been mentioned as possible treatments.
  • Preventions: methods to prevent getting the condition.
  • Research: experimental methods of treatment or prevention under study.

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