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A list of common, over-used catch-all diagnoses of various medical specialities

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cinephile

Over at Shrink Rap, a psychiatrist has posted a list of what he observed during med school to be the most over-used, catch-all diagnoses of various medical specialties. I'm sure the psychiatry one is no shocker, but the others on the list make sense too. I think this list is useful for patients to keep in mind to protect themselves from the dangers of over-diagnosis (which, as we all know painfully well, can lead to over-medication and even unnecessary surgery).

 

Here it is:

 

Psychiatry – bipolar

OB/GYN – fibroids

Rheumatology – Fibromyalgia

Pediatrics – URI

Orthopedics – arthritis

Gastroenterology – IBS

Urology – BPH

Dermatology – eczema

Plastic Surgery – UCA (Unacceptable Cosmetic Appearance)

E.R. – Rule out Chest Pain

Neurosurgery – DDD

Cardiology – Angina

Family Practice – Bronchitis

Endocrinology – Pre-diabetes

Neurology – Altered mental Status

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Altostrata

cine, may I move this to DYI Editorials?

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cinephile

cine, may I move this to DYI Editorials?

Sure!

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