Rabies Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Nov 30, 2018
  • Author: Sandra G Gompf, MD, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Conditions to consider in the differential diagnosis of rabies include the following:

  • Other infectious causes of encephalitis

  • Transverse myelitis

  • Cerebrovascular accident

  • Psychosis

  • Intracranial mass

  • Epilepsy

  • Atropine poisoning

  • Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease

  • Poisoning with atropinelike compounds

  • Pseudohydrophobia (hysterical reaction to animal bites due to fear of rabies)

Differential Diagnoses