Misdiagnosis of Botulism food poisoning


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

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

Discussion of diagnosis/misdiagnosis of Botulism food poisoning: Other diseases such as Guillain-Barré syndrome, stroke, and myasthenia gravis can appear similar to botulism, and special tests may be needed to exclude these other conditions. These tests may include a brain scan, spinal fluid examination, nerve conduction test (electromyography, or EMG), and a tensilon test for myasthenia gravis.1

Misdiagnosis cases for Botulism food poisoning: No cases available yet.

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Botulism General: DBMD

Last revision: May 26, 2003

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