Mystery Diagnosis

Season 8 Episode 5

The Baby Who Smelled Like Pancakes

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Apr 12, 2010 on Discovery Health
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The Baby Who Smelled Like Pancakes

For many decades, Carole Battle has been a healthy, active mother and watercolor artist, when suddenly, she starts having balance problems. Initially, it appears to be an infection of her inner ear, but soon, Carole also develops dizziness, and eventually, speech impediments. It turns out that Carole has had cancer that is being kept in check by a rare autoimmune disease called paraneoplastic cerebellar degeneration (PCD). Since young Rachel Webb has been born, her parents have been worried about her. She has urine that smells like maple syrup, cries constantly for no apparent reason, has feeding problems, and becomes unresponsive for a while. Eventually, Rachel goes into a coma, but fortunately, the doctor finds out that she has maple syrup urine disease.


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