Diagnosis (article structure)

Last revised by Dr Daniel J Bell on 27 Nov 2021

Diagnosis is one of the main subheadings (H4) in a standard article

The "Diagnosis" subheading is located after “Epidemiology” and before “Clinical presentation”.

The diagnosis is usually made by certain "diagnostic criteria". They might be clinical, imaging-related or radiological, pathological or a combination of all three.

Immediately underneath the "Diagnosis" subheading, a brief statement should be included on how the diagnosis is obtained; e.g. “The diagnosis is based on clinical criteria and typical findings on coronary angiography”. If these are discussed elsewhere on the page (e.g. imaging features or histology) then adding "(see below)" is encouraged rather than repeating the information. 

In situations where there are officially accepted 'diagnostic criteria' published the following subheadings can be used as applicable:

As an introduction it should be mentioned, who established those criteria e.g. guidelines, expert panel or study group (this should be referenced of course) e.g. “Diagnostic criteria according to the WHO classification of bone tumors (2020 - blue book) 1:”

If there are equally relevant different criteria published by another institution or guideline this might be also included.

Optional subheading covering pertinent imaging-related, clinical information and further data in situations where 'diagnostic criteria' are present but extensive workup is involved.

This paragraph should be concise and to the point covering only the most diagnosis relevant imaging data and clinical information and should not repeat detailed info from the other paragraphs.

ADVERTISEMENT: Supporters see fewer/no ads

Updating… Please wait.

 Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

 Thank you for updating your details.