The initial evaluation of medical problems that may occur in psychiatric patients can be an overwhelming process, especially late at night while “on call.” The following table was created to help psychiatrists and other clinicians to organize their thoughts and begin an initial evaluation. A differential diagnosis is provided for each symptom. These represent the most common diagnoses for each symptom, but should not be considered the only possibilities. A preliminary workup is also provided for each symptom. These suggestions are broad and are intended to serve only as a starting point to a complete evaluation. After a history is taken, each patient usually requires a thorough physical exam. In some cases, a medical or surgical consultation may be advisable.
KeywordsIrritable Bowel Syndrome Herpes Zoster Rheumatic Fever Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Epidural Abscess
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