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differential diagnosis

[‚dif·ə′ren·chəl ‚dī·əg′nō·səs]
(medicine)
Distinguishing between diseases of similar character by comparing their signs and symptoms.
(systematics)
In taxonomic study, a statement of the characters that distinguish a given taxon from other, specifically mentioned equivalent taxa.
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This DDx tool puts a searchable medical reference database that includes hundreds of diseases, symptoms, signs and their corresponding differential diagnoses at their fingertips.
Over the communications network, physicians will want to obtain current guidelines about diagnostic work-ups, differential diagnoses, and treatment plans based on the unique characteristics of patients.
Macomber, President & CEO, Professional & Education, Wolters Kluwer Health, "The Expert Differential Diagnoses series is an impressive resource that is sure to become a valuable go-to reference for the busy practicing radiologist.
Relating to chest, abdominal, central nervous system, head and neck, musculoskeletal, pediatric, and breast imaging, each case presents images, clinical details, a solution and explanation, differential diagnoses, and discussion of the underlying problem, strategy points, and main findings.
The differential diagnoses are listed both by presenting sign or symptom and by clinical disorder, with diagnostic possibilities in declining order of incidence.
On the basis of pathologic findings, the differential diagnoses include eccrine adenocarcinoma not otherwise specified (NOS), porocarcinoma, apocrine carcinoma, malignant chondroid syringoma, and eccrine spiradenoma.
The more we learn about the heterogeneity with which specific genetic syndromes can be manifested, the more we begin to appreciate the need for array CGH in aiding more accurate differential diagnoses.
With an emphasis on the differential diagnosis of morphologic findings and their interpretation within the clinical context, as well as discriminating between normal and abnormal findings, they address imaging strategies and techniques for thoracic and abdominal patients, both adult and pediatric, and differential diagnoses and potential complications, with radiographs and computed tomography (CT) scans throughout.
The editors (from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School) present case material on lung pathology in order to provide guidance on understanding diagnostic elements of morphology and how to work through tables of differential diagnoses for non-neoplastic disease and neoplastic pulmonary and pleural disease.

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