Presentation (medical)

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In the field of medicine, a presentation is the appearance of sign or symptom of illness or disease by a patient before a medical professional. It is usually used as a verb, with emphasis on the second syllable, and is often accompanied by the preposition "with". Consider the following examples:

  • "...Many depressed patients present with medical rather than psychiatric complaints, and those who present with medical complaints are twice as likely to be misdiagnosed as those who present with psychiatric complaints."[1]
  • "...In contrast, poisonings from heavy metal can be subtle and present with a slowly progressive course."[2]
  • "...Some patients present with small unobstructed kidneys, when the diagnosis is easy to miss."[3]


  1. ^ Mark C. Fishman (2004). Medicine. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 677. ISBN 978-0-7817-2543-9.
  2. ^ Allan B. Wolfson; Gregory W. Hendey; Louis J. Ling (11 September 2012). Harwood-Nuss' Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 152. ISBN 978-1-4511-5345-3.
  3. ^ Parveen Kumar; Michael L. Clark (4 June 2012). Kumar and Clark's Clinical Medicine E-Book. Elsevier Health Sciences. p. 595. ISBN 0-7020-5304-X.

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