Mystery Diagnosis - Season 9

Monday 10:00 PM on Discovery Health Premiered Oct 11, 2005 In Season


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Episode Guide

  • The Boy With The 150 Pound Leg
    Young Adrian Martinez has always had a pinkish birthmark on his leg and has learned to deal with it. But when he is twelve years old, he develops hotness, unusual swelling, and pain in his right leg. His leg grows so much that after he starts high school, it weighs about one hundred and fifty pounds and it limits his ability to walk. Doctors think he has elephantiasis, but when Adrian also develops foul-smelling pimples on his right leg, it turns out that actually, he has a rare form of a blood disorder called Klippel Trenaunay Syndrome (KTS). Guidance counselor Kathy McFadden starts having swollen ankles, pain in her legs, a rash and blisters on her leg, extreme weight loss, weakness, fatigue, and eventually, diabetes. It turns out that she has been suffering from a rare tumor on her pancreas called a glucagonoma.moreless
  • The Woman With Unusual DNA
    Jeanne Nollman fails to hit puberty, so it seems that she is just a late bloomer. Her doctor tells her that her ovaries are underdeveloped and can become cancerous when actually, he has been hiding the fact that her gonads haven't developed at all into ovaries. Jeanne finds out she has a rare genetic disorder called Swyer syndrome, which gives her XY chromosomes, but renders her body unable to produce hormones essential for puberty. Mary Brown has been a healthy, active mother of two, when suddenly, she develops a collapsed lung. She suffers shortness of breath, spotted vision, pain in her shoulders, and sensations of bubbles going down her back from a rare lung disease called lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM).moreless
  • The Man Covered in Boils
    Lonnie White suddenly develops strange, painful bumps on his head, face, armpits, and then groin area that ooze. After facing almost two decades of misery, he is eventually diagnosed with a rare form of Hidradenitis suppurativa. Out of the blue, Theresa Rachlin has bizzare vision loss during and after her pregnancy, headaches that somehow disappear, ringing in her ears, and dizziness. It turns out that she has a rare disorder called Susac's Syndrome.moreless
  • The Baby Who Bruised Easily
    Since she was born, young Julia Smith has had bruises all over her body. Doctors think the bruises aren't serious, but eventually, Julia bleeds profusely, just because of a cut on her face from her fingernail. She is finally diagnosed with a rare blood genetic disorder called Glanzmann's Thrombosthenia. David Skinner, a husband and father of two, suddenly has difficulties walking and standing, suffers from seizures, and later, becomes paralyzed. His doctors believe he's just stressed, but actually, David has been dealing with a genetic disorder called Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis, which affects his muscles.moreless
  • The Man With Hundreds of Lumps
    Jessica Blaszczak has been in perfect health, until she starts feeling unusually fatigued. She starts getting chills, spiking fevers, headaches, night sweats, nausea, muscle aches, and general weakness. Doctors believe Jessica simply has a minor infection, but one doctor discovers that she has a life-threatening infection of the heart called endocarditis from sepsis. A young man named Jake Tate has recently started a military training program, when suddenly, he discovers a small lump on his abdomen. At first, Jake thinks it's simply from stress, but over time, he develops painful fatty lumps called lipomas all over his body that become less severe during warmer climates. He eventually finds out that he has Dercum's disease.moreless
  • The Boy Who Only Hopped
    When twelve-year-old Sammy and his family move to a new home, he develops bizarre habits, such as walking with his eyes closed and hands out front, refusing to sleep in his bed, wanting the lights on all day, hopping, and even running off. Sammy has been visiting a psychiatrist and psychologist for his issues, when actually, he is suffering from a rare autoimmune disorder called PANDAS, in which strep antibodies mistake his neurons for the streptococcus bacteria. Energetic Lynda Fox suddenly starts having inflammation in her eyelids that spreads to her entire face, hives, and eventually, anaphylactic shock. Her doctor finds out that Lynda is allergic to her own progesterone hormone from a rare disease called Autoimmune Progesterone Dermatitis.moreless
  • The Woman Whose Flesh Was Eaten Alive
    June Pecce has been a happy, active woman when suddenly, she gets a mammogram and learns that she has two lumps in her left breast. They do not appear to be cancerous, but soon, her breast becomes extremely inflamed and painful. At first, June seems to have an infection on her breast, but the inflammation spreads to her right arm. It turns out that June has been suffering from a rare immune condition called pyoderma gangrenosum. Young Brianna Paige Headings cannot keep much food down, so she vomits every time her parents feed her and cries constantly. A doctor believes she simply has colic, but soon, her body becomes commpletely stiff and she starts having seizures. Brianna's condition worsens, but fortunately, a doctor finds out that she has been suffering from a rare condition called pyridoxine-dependent seizures.moreless