Misdiagnosis of Gestational diabetes
If a woman develops diabetes during pregnancy, it is usually diagnosed as gestational diabetes. This is the most common cause, but it can also happen that the woman just happens to get diabetes during pregnancy, as a coincidence, rather than pregnancy causing the diabetes. It is also possible that the woman had undetected Type 2 diabetes prior to getting pregnant. Since gestational diabetes should disappear after pregnancy, any diabetes after birth should indicate that a new diagnosis is needed. Fortunately, the treatment of gestational diabetes and Type 2 diabetes are basically the same, so this is not a major problem, and Type 2 diabetes will be properly diagnosed when the pregnancy ends, and the diabetes stays. Slightly more difficult is the rarer case where a woman has coincidentally developed Type 1 diabetes during pregnancy, which probably needs to be treated by insulin, rather than diet-only or diabetes pills. Thus, difficulty in successfully treating gestational diabetes could indicate Type 1 diabetes, but could also be that it is sometimes difficult to control diabetes sugar levels during pregnancy.
|About misdiagnosis: When checking for a misdiagnosis of Gestational diabetes or confirming a diagnosis of Gestational diabetes, it is useful to consider what other medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative conditions relevant to diagnosis. These alternate diagnoses of Gestational diabetes may already have been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Gestational diabetes. For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases, see Overview of Misdiagnosis.|
Alternative diagnoses list for Gestational diabetes: For a diagnosis of Gestational diabetes, the following list of conditions have been mentioned in sources as possible alternative diagnoses to consider during the diagnostic process for Gestational diabetes:
- Type 1 diabetes - Unlikely but possible to get Type 1 diabetes during pregnancy.
- Type 2 diabetes - Possible to get Type 2 diabetes during pregnancy.
- Gestational impaired glucose tolerance (type of Impaired glucose tolerance) - a mild impairment that is not yet diabetes.
Gestational diabetes as an alternative diagnosis: The other diseases for which Gestational diabetes is listed as a possible alternative diagnosis in their lists include:
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