What is the difference between clinical picture and clinical presentation

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The clinical picture = all the information relating to a disease, disorder, or a patient's state

Clinical presentation = A patient "presents" to a doctor with symptoms - this is a clinical presentation.
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Thanks, someone told me that these words meant the same
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I don't know if you already have an answer, Dominik.

Clinical picture refers to the whole phenotype and could be similar to disease expression (in a particular patient). Disease presentation usually means how the disease starts or how it flares (in a particular stage of the illness).


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