Differential Diagnosis

How to Come Up with a differential diagnosis

5 Steps to generating a differential diagnosis.

Use a Mnemonic like VINDICATED MEN plus anatomic framework. Put anatomic location on one axis and the different diseases (elicited by VINDICATED MEN) on the other axis.

Good resources

Dr. John Ey’s Differential Diagnosis list, well organized:  http://pie.med.utoronto.ca/DC/
Diagnostic checklist by Dr. Ely (PDF)
Preventing Diagnostic Errors in Primary Care

Medical Checklists Save Lives.

DDx to write.

  • Knee Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Foot and ankle pain
  • Hand pain
  • Monoarthritis
  • Muscle Pain (Myalgias)
  • PMR
  • Muscle Pain
  • Elbow Pain
  • Foot Pain
  • Itchy Skin
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Polyarticular Arthritis.
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Vision Problems
  • Weakness
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Tremors
  • Cough
  • SOB (Dyspnea)