Category Archives: Clinical Diagnosis

Use of Probability in Clinical Diagnosis

I am happy to see this note from the website of John Hopkins Breast Cancer.  In particular, I am happy to see the word “probability.”  It jibes with my usual practice of giving estimates of probability or certainty of clinical … Continue reading

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No to 100% certainty on clinical diagnosis

I don’t give an 100% certainty on my clinical diagnosis to my patients. The highest that I usually give is 98 to 99% if I am very very certain. 98% and 99% degree of certainty is for practical purpose the … Continue reading

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Doing physical examination in patients with an ultrasound report of a gallbladder disorder

Nowadays, with the rampant use of ultrasound of the abdomen, there are a lot of patients presenting to the physicians reports showing gallbladder disorders, either in the form of polyps, cholesterolosis, tumor, stones, cholecystitis, etc. Nowadays, ofentimes, the physicians do … Continue reading

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Clinical Diagnosis

A clinical diagnosis is a statement of a patient’s medical condition after a physician does his interview or history-taking and physical examination. The data from interview or history-taking are called symptom-data and those from physical examination are called sign-data. The … Continue reading

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Palpable Non-osseous Surface Masses – Evaluation

For palpable non-osseous (non-bony) surface masses with an intact skin coverage, I usually get the following data or characteristics to be used in my evaluation for a clinical diagnosis: Location Discreteness (discrete or non-discrete : obvious or non-obvious) Size (estimate … Continue reading

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Clinician’s Diagnosis vs Pathologist’s Diagnosis

Clinician’s Diagnosis vs Pathologist’s Diagnosis There are instances in medical practice that the clinician’s diagnosis does not jibe with the pathologist’s diagnosis or vice versa.  What to do then, especially for the clinician who is ultimately the one in charge … Continue reading

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The Clinical Diagnostic Processes

What are the clinical diagnostic processes? Whenever a patient consults a physician, the first thing that the latter does is to formulate a clinical diagnosis that will then serve as a steering wheel for further actions, especially treatment.  A clinical … Continue reading

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