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Some patients wait years for a definitive diagnosis. Using a unique combination of scientific and medical expertise and resources at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Undiagnosed Diseases Program pursues two goals: To provide answers to patients with mysterious conditions that have long eluded diagnosis To advance medical knowledge about rare and common diseases
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613

Imagine having a condition that cannot be diagnosed for months or years.  How do doctors find the answer to an elusive disease, and what role does the patient play in finding the cause?

This episode takes the expert diagnosticians through a case of a patient whose diagnosis is far from clear.  See first hand how doctors work together, and with the patient, to find the cause of the symptoms, and an appropriate treatment. 

  

Key Point 1

Getting to a diagnosis can be a long road.  The doctor asking specific questions and the patient giving complete information is key to the process.

 Key Point 2

The end point of any elusive diagnosis may not necessarily be finding a name for it, but finding an effective treatment.

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