Classifying Human Diseases

FUNDAMENTAL CLASSIFICATION OF HUMAN DISEASES:

1. Genetic/Inheritable/Congenital: Related to chromosomal abnormality by the transferring of genes from parents to child; or abnormality related to embryonic/fetal development and/ or surrounding birth.

2. Degenerative and/or Metabolic Disease: Related to the aging process or wear and tear

3. Inflammatory, Infectious: Related to pathogens such as Bacteria, Fungi, Viruses, Parasites, etc

4. Inflammatory, Non-infectious: Related to autoimmunity,allergens, environmental pollutants, etc.

5. Neoplastic, Benign or Cancerous: Related to abnormal growth or division of cells.

6. Trauma: Related to chemical and/or physical destruction of cells or tissue

7. Psychiatric: Related to the alteration in mental status and/or perception

Organic Disease Classification could be summarized as Follows:

GENETIC VERSUS ACQUIRED

ACQUIRED DISEASES CAN BE GENERALLY CATERGORIZED AS: CONGENITAL/DEVELOPMENTAL VERSUS REACTIVE VERSUS NEOPLASTIC

REACTIVE DISEASES INCLUDE: INFECTIOUS VERSUS NON-INFECTIOUS (Allergens, Autoimmune, and Degenerative-related to the aging process)

     NEOPLASTIC DISEASES INCLUDE: BENIGN OR CANCEROUS (MALIGNANT) TUMOR-GROWTH 

DIAGNOSTIC CRITERIA FOR SPECIFIC ETIOLOGY OF DISEASE

(Usually established by World Health Organization-WHO, or other International Authority)

This is typically based on:

a) Clinical Presentation and Physical Examination/Evidence

b) Laboratory tests

c) Imaging studies

d) Clinical Studies

e) Research/Investigation by Scientific Methods, Peer-reviewed

TREATMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF SPECIFIC DISEASE

Typically under the auspice of National Standards and Guidelines, as established by Panels of Experts within Selective Fields of Specialty

National Guideliness For Medical Therapy and Management

PREVENTATIVE CARE AND MAINTENANCE CARE

Typically under the auspice of National Standards and Guidelines, as established by Panels of Experts within Selective Fields of Specialty

At the end of our medical evaluation at MDC-Atlanta, we want our patients to understand how we derive at an accurate diagnosis, as well as make recommendation for treatment and/or management; and we welcome the patients to ask the following questions:

1) Which category is my disease classified?

2) What is the specific diagnosis of my disease and/or illness, and what diagnostic criteria were used, as well as which national or world standards were used to derive at the specific diagnosis?

3) What references are available for the patient to access with regards to getting more clarifications regarding specific diagnosis, treatment, management and prognosis?

Thanks for visiting Medical Diagnostic Choices, MDC-Atlanta, as we are committed to empowering our patients to being INFORMED FOR BETTER QUALITY AND SAFE MEDICAL CARE!