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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 141-150

Part 3: Differential diagnosis for an undiagnosed systemic condition

1 Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, St. Luke's University Hospital Campus, Bethlehem, PA, USA
2 Department of Internal Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
3 Department of Cardiovascular Medicine and Internal Medicine, St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, PA, USA
4 Department of Pathology, St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, PA, USA
5 Department of Internal Medicine, St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, PA, USA

Correspondence Address:
Sudip Nanda
Department of Internal Medicine, St. Luke's University Hospital Network, 801 Ostrum Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJAM.IJAM_68_16

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Constructing a meaningful differential diagnosis for systemic conditions poses challenges to a medical team. While there are certain classifications of disease known for multiorgan manifestation, a thorough differential requires physicians to examine all possible symptom etiologies, especially when the symptoms are life-threatening. We present a patient with a diverse constellation of symptoms yet to be consolidated into a diagnosis. Our discussion examines the contribution of each symptom to a possible diagnosis while attempting to identify trends between the symptoms that might yield clues to the etiology of his/her condition. The following core competencies sare addressed in this article: Medical knowledge, Patient care.

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