What is a diagnosis?

"What exactly is her diagnosis?"

Based on the article, she has weakened bowel muscles:

"The doctors said because this had now happened once, chances were that it would happen again, as her muscles had weakened in that area.

In time, we were told that it would sort itself out and the muscles would strengthen again."

I had an ex-fiance with a somewhat similar problem. She had a condition called Megacolon - her colon was about 2 feet too long. Now, the longer stool is in the colon, the more water gets pulled from it. Because of this extra 2 feet of colon, she was in a near-constant state of constipation.

Eventually, she had surgery, which removed all but about 2 feet of the colon, because the rest of the colon was diseased with what causes megacolon (a normal colon is about 5 feet in length). Thus, she now had only 2 feet of colon, which meant that she now had to deal with the opposite problem. Stool now went through her colon much faster, and with much more water still in it. In other words - diarrhea. Not fun.

So, be thankful if you have a normal, well-working colon. Going through life with constant constipation, or constant diarrhea are not fun things to deal with.

Hi, here you go-



1. determination of the nature of a cause of a disease.

2. a concise technical description of the cause, nature, or manifestations of a condition, situation, or problem. adj., adjdiagnos´tic.

clinical diagnosis diagnosis based on signs, symptoms, and laboratory findings during life.

differential diagnosis the determination of which one of several diseases may be producing the symptoms.

medical diagnosis diagnosis based on information from sources such as findings from a physical examination, interviewwith the patient or family or both, medical history of the patient and family, and clinical findings as reported by laboratorytests and radiologic studies.

Reference: diagnosis

DRG's (Diagnosis Related Group) tells the insurance company or government the average cost related to that diagnosis ... and that's all they will pay ... if your patient doesn't get out of the hospital in the average time, you lose money. If you release them a day early, you make more than the average payout.

This insures the doctor doesn't run up lab costs from his own lab because he is being paid a flat fee for getting you better.

When you go to a doctor, tell them about your pains and problems and ask what is wrong with you, the doctor will listen to you, examine you, make tests and such, and then tell you what he thinks you have. That is the diagnosis. Diagnosis is the doctor's name for your health problem, like pneumonia, appendicitis, depression and so on. The doctor has a thick book of such words. The doctor has spent much of his time at medical school learning about those words and how to find the right one for each patient.

Sometimes finding the right diagnosis is easy, sometimes very difficult, sometimes the doctor has to consider several different diagnoses before he finds the right one.

The diagnosis is important because it also tells what treatment to use.

Sometimes people try to find their diagnosis themselves. But diagnosing a problem is specialist work, and diagnosing oneself is even more difficult. That is why, when I answer questions on Quora about health problems, often depression, I always tell them to go to a doctor and get a professional diagnosis.

Properly speaking diagnosis is a doctor's word. But sometimes it is also used by other specialists, like specialist repairman, whose job it is to find what is wrong with something. My PC-repairman uses it.

From diagnosis - Wiktionary

The identification of the nature and cause of an illness.

When seeing a patient, from the symptoms and the result of physical exam, additional tests, we work towards a differential diagnosis, that being the most probable underlying conditions that could explain the findings, after that supplementary exams to exclude or confirm one diagnosis, at the end finding the diagnosis, from which a treatment plan can be made and treatment begun.

Diagnosis: n. identifying nonhealth by observation of a symptom(s) and trying to determine the probable cause(s)

Doctors observe and/or determine the symptom(s) of a patient and then try to make an accurate diagnosis or determine the potential or probable cause(s) of the symptom(s) or bad health.

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