VINDICATE – Mnemonic for differential diagnosis

Differential diagnosis is the systematic method by which diseases of similar presentation are distinguished by considering their various features. VINDICATE is mnemonic which helps to remember the various types of diseases to be considered in a differential diagnosis. VINDICATE stands for

V – Vascular
I – Inflammatory
N – Neoplastic
D – Degenerative / Deficiency
I – Idiopathic, Intoxication
C – Congenital
A – Autoimmune / Allergic
T – Traumatic
E –  Endocrine