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Differential diagnosis - Definition


The term differential diagnosis defines diagnoses other than the one that is finally established, which the doctor may consider depending on the different symptoms presented by the patient. Differential diagnosis may also describe the different methods used by a physician to establish the correct diagnosis. The differential diagnosis combines theoretical and practical knowledge acquired during medical studies and clinical examination, meaning the patient's symptoms, and additional examinations, biological or radiological. The doctor examines these different elements together to determine the disorder and deliver appropriate treatment.