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Old 01-17-2010
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Warning! Second Differential

I noticed that most of the cases in the CS cases are having a second minor differential fabricated.
For example a patient with depression symptoms but at the same time has for example cold intolerance to make us think of hypothyroidism.
My question is;
Should we get this second differential in the exam and if not are we going to the fail the case?
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Yes, it's important to get that second and third differentials when there are clues in the history and PE.
But I don't think they'll fail in the case if you missed that. The first differential is absolutely needed but more correct differentials will add to your score and missing them does not necessarily constitute a failure.
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just get the first one right and that's it, you will pass the case
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i believe these exist to be mentioned in the PN, not to be ignored.

you can't risk here
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i believe these exist to be mentioned in the PN, not to be ignored.

you can't risk here
Of course, it's better if you have some more DDxes to be mentioned but I still think they are not crucial to get your PN passed by the scorer.
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