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The Diagnostic Plan - Differential Diagnoses

From the history, you formed a preliminary list of differentials and this developed as you examined the animal.

You can now write a definitive differentials list either in the form of a 'problem list' for each organ system or, more directly, as a list of the conditions which fit the overall disease pattern.  Often, in dermatology, the latter will be applicable.

Now you must determine how to narrow the differentials and come to one or more diagnoses - the diagnostic plan.  Remember that the primary disease, e.g. allergy or hypothyroidism, may have led to secondary conditions such as skin infection with bacteria and / or fungi.

  vet examining list
Diagnostic Plan
Differential Diagnoses
Diagnostic Sequence
Course Map
Diagnostic Plan
Skin Lesions
Diagnostic Tests
Therapy in Diagnosis
Clinical Record Form (pdf)
History Algorithm
 Examination Algorithm