asymptomatic and patient communication of what they feel
I was once told that if a patient cannot communicate to the health provider what they feel, then they are asymptomatic. For instance if a patient is in a coma, then they are asymptomatic. This concept fits with the definition provided here, however is not mentioned in the article... --18.104.22.168 (talk) 13:24, 28 August 2009 (UTC)
- I think there is enough to write about. What makes a disease slumbering? Are there different types of asymptomatic diseases? Typical examples? Cheers, Face 11:19, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
I think a better description of 'asymptomatic' would be a condition of no OBVIOUS OR NOTICEABLE symptoms to the patient or the doctor (until of course something is found by further testing) —Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 13:51, August 26, 2007 (UTC)
Not a dictionary definition
This was deleted on the grounds that it was a dictionary definition. People may have differing opinions about what is and is not a dictionary definition. But one is that a dictionary definition is a tautology. This is not the case with asymptomatic in spite of its appearing to imply the negative of symptom. In usage it is short for asymptomatic infection or asymptomatic condition (such as leukemia).
What is hiddens behind it is in fact a very important piece of knowledge--that agents of illness or infection do not necessary show the symptoms associated with them. With the present 2009 swine flu outbreak this is fundamental--if policy makers assume that only people with the flu carry the virsus they are going to make very decisions to if they appreciate that most people carrying it will not develop flu symptoms.
It is also important for people told that they have a condition following tests to be aware that this does not mean they necessarily have the symptoms assocated with that condition--they may have it asymptomatically.
It is therefore important that Wikipedia has an article for it. There is one for subclinical infection which covers some of the issues but this does not cover conditions that are not due to infectious agents. Hence it makes sense to have an article which covers them as well. --LittleHow (talk) 14:08, 9 May 2009 (UTC)