Mystery Diagnosis

Season 5 Episode 4

A Deadly Cough

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 14, 2007 on Discovery Health
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A 20-year-old college student named Mary Ann Piazza has been happy with her job as a babysitter and college life, until she develops an unusual cough. It seems to be from minor ailments, but the cough proves to be incredibly persistent, and she becomes fatigued. Worse, Mary Annalso deals withshortness of breath, wheezing, constant weight loss, night sweats, and itchy skin. After being dismissed for three years, one doctor finally figures out that Mary Ann has been suffering from Hodgkin's lymphoma the whole time. Since young Danielle Barckett's parents have brought her home from the hospital, they have noticed she has problems. Danielle vomits every time she is fed, yet she manages to gain weight over time. She also has diarrhea and a distended belly from ascites accumulating in her abdomen. It turns out that Danielle has a rare genetic disorder called tyrosinemia.

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