These Terrifying Diseases Mimic Other Diseases

It’s scary enough getting diagnosed with a disease. But being diagnosed with a disease that mimics other diseases? Now that’s just downright terrifying. And, unfortunately, there are a fair number of ailments out there that get misdiagnosed because their symptoms mirror those of other conditions. Here’s a look at 15 diseases that mimic other diseases.


Woman experiencing stomachache, appendicitis pain | Kittisak Jirasittichai/ iStock / Getty Images Plus

You may be surprised to hear it’s difficult to diagnose appendicitis. But Dr. Eugene Shapiro tells CNN this life-threatening condition can mimic abdominal ailments. “Some people have an appendix that points backward instead of forward in the body, so the symptoms present in a different location,” he explains.

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