Example: Infectious diseases such as "cryptogenic sepsis ".
In the English-speaking world, the terms “cryptogenic” and “cryptogenic” are often used synonymously with the term idiopathic .
In German-speaking countries they are used to describe a disease in which the origin of the damage cannot be proven with the currently available diagnostic methods, but can be assumed on the basis of test results ( anamnesis , course, etc.). It is about the identification of diseases, the cause of which has not yet been found (unknown etiology ). The terms are used particularly often in epileptology to classify epileptic seizures .
A possible goal in the treatment of people with a disease classified as cryptogenic is to still find out its cause and thereby to be able to optimize the therapy if necessary.
- Karl Wurm, AM Walter: Infectious Diseases. In: Ludwig Heilmeyer (ed.): Textbook of internal medicine. 1961, p. 131.