Mystery Diagnosis

Season 8 Episode 1

The Boy Who Never Cried

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 16, 2009 on Discovery Health
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The Boy Who Never Cried
Ever since young Carson Koult was born, his parents have been worrying about him. He gets spiking fevers and does not respond to pain. Thus, he bites his tongue and tries walking without crying at all. Carson's parents worry that he'd unknowingly get himself hurt, but fortunately, his doctor finds out that Carson has a rare disorder called congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis (CIPA), in which patients cannot respond to pain or temperature changes. Thirty-two-year-old Martha Emmons has been healthy her whole life until she suddenly goes into a seizure. At first, she isn't worried, but soon, she develops near-fainting episodes that disappear during her pregnancy and return afterwards. Eventually, Martha loses her ability to think straight and actually faints. A doctor finds out that she has swallowing syncope.moreless

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