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differential diagnosis

Tuesday 6 November 2018


Definition : A differential diagnosis is the distinguishing of a particular disease or condition from others that present similar clinical features.

Differential diagnostic procedures are used by physicians and other trained medical professionals to diagnose the specific disease in a patient, or, at least, to eliminate any imminently life-threatening conditions.

Often, each individual option of a possible disease is called a differential diagnosis (e.g. acute bronchitis could be a differential diagnosis in the evaluation of a cough, even if the final diagnosis is common cold).

See also

- diagnosis
- etiology