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    What is the meaning of this term?. Is it a case of maybe having a different condition to one the sufferer is showing signs of? an example would be nice.
    3rd yr pharmacy student - bath

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    Re: differential diagnosis

    Basically it is when the diagnosis could be two or more differing conditions.

    Eg The pt has a skin condition which looks dry and scaly, is it eczema or psoriasis? What are the differing diagnostic signs to look for.

    Pt has spots, could it be measles, chicken pox or meningitis?
    johnep

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      Re: differential diagnosis

      Originally posted by johnep View Post
      Basically it is when the diagnosis could be two or more differing conditions.

      Eg The pt has a skin condition which looks dry and scaly, is it eczema or psoriasis? What are the differing diagnostic signs to look for.

      Pt has spots, could it be measles, chicken pox or meningitis?
      johnep
      so you have to classify the symptoms?
      3rd yr pharmacy student - bath

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      • #4
        Re: differential diagnosis

        Get a copy of the Oxford handbook of clinical medicine.
        johnep

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          Re: differential diagnosis

          A good example is using the DSMR-IV for psychiatric diagnosis.

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