What is a preliminary diagnosis?


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    While not an official clinical term, the phrase “initial diagnosis” or preliminary diagnosis, is sometimes used informally to refer to the diagnosis that a client receives after an intake interview

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  • a patient comes in with some symptoms. out of the all possible diseases he might have (differential diagnosis) one is put on top of the list because its more common, or more serious, or more fitting with the symptoms than the others. that is perliminary diagnosis. after the requried work up is done doctors can make the final diagnosis.

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  • A diagnosis based on experience, clinical epidemiology, and early confirmatory evidence provided by ancillary studies–eg, radiologic findings. It allows early disease management, while awaiting special or more definitive studies.

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  • This is what Google had to say. "While not an official clinical term, the phrase “initial diagnosis” orpreliminary diagnosis, is sometimes used informally to refer to the diagnosis that a client receives after an intake interview."

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  • It's a diagnosis that is made prior to having all the information. This usually means its made based in symptoms but before tests and scans come back.

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  • It's when a doctor makes a diagnosis before having all the facts

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  • A guess before tests are back.

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  • A first guess

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  • Something sexy.

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  • The one that is usually wrong until they figure out what's wrong with you...

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