Medical Q&As

Diagnosis - lack of certainty?

If there is a good chance that one has a specific condition but there is still a minute doubt about the diagnosis, what would be the normal protocol for most physicians to do? Would they treat for the disorder, if it were such that not treating it could result in death? I am faced with this situation and want to know what the reasonable course of action would be.

Medical diagnoses are rarely based on 100% certainty. They are based on high probability rather than absolute certainty. Therefore when dealing with a potentially fatal disorder a doctor will usually decide to treat on the basis of the most likely diagnosis even though a minute doubt might exist.