differential diagnosis n.
Determination of which one of two or more diseases with similar symptoms is the one from which the patient is suffering. Also called differentiation.
The importance of making the differential diagnosis as complete as possible cannot be overestimated.
The chief points in the differential diagnosis are as follows.
The differential diagnosis can only be made by the rapid clearing up of the symptoms, and by the history of the case.
When Asiatic cholera is prevalent the differential diagnosis between the two is difficult if not impossible.
He has attempted, however, to specify certain factors in the differential diagnosis.
The most certain means of differential diagnosis is the use of an aspiration-needle and the withdrawal of a portion of the fluid.
This differential diagnosis is a hopeless task unless controlled at every step by microscopical and bacteriological examination.
As this does not occur in cerebral abscess, examination of the cerebro-spinal fluid may be useful in differential diagnosis.
The differential diagnosis of intermittent and remittent fevers may be looked upon as practically unimportant.
The differential diagnosis is often difficult from local inspection alone.