Differential Diagnosis in Surgery

Author: Sakr Mahmoud

In these days when there is a tendency for ward rounds to be sometimes recitals of biochemical, radiological and endoscopic findings, the patient’s bedclothes unruffled, and the patient a silent witness, the importance of signs and symptoms cannot be overemphasized. Treatment follows diagnosis. In clinical medicine sins of omission are more common than sins of commission. It is the disorders one does not think of and the conditions one forgets that leads to misdiagnosis or no diagnosis. This book aims to help the medical student or clinician to be sure that he has considered all the disorders that might lie behind his patient’s particular symptoms or physical signs. This book comprises 15 chapters that consider the differential diagnosis of signs and symptoms related to surgery; namely, swellings, organomegaly, lymphadenopathy, ulcers, pain, dyspepsia, dysphagia, constipation, bleeding, urine retention, swollen limb, gangrene, testicular atrophy, impotence, and gynecomastia. How to reach diagnosis using history-taking, physical examination, and appropriate investigations, with the possible differential diagnosis in mind is clearly presented and illustrated. Bibliography is also provided for further reading.


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