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great imitator


A nonspecific term for any condition that is difficult to diagnose due to its polymorphous presentation and ease with which it simulates other nosologies. 

The classic “great imitator” is syphilis, which has a broad clinical palette, especially vis-à-vis the skin and central nervous system. Lesser known “great imitators” include HIV infection, hypothyroidism, pheochromocytoma, systemic lupus erythematosus, tertiary Lyme disease, and tuberculosis. 

Synonyms Great imposter, the great imitator, the great imposter

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