Mystery Diagnosis

Season 7 Episode 5

The Girl with Holes in Her Jaw

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Aug 24, 2009 on Discovery Health
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The Girl with Holes in Her Jaw
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Ever since she was born, young Claire Mantey has had a strange birthmark and swelling on the left side of her face. It didn't seem so serious at first, but the swelling and discoloration persist. Claire gets many ear infections, pain in the left side of her face, and eventually, fibrous displasia that spreads from her left jawbone to some of her other bones. It turns out that Claire has been suffering from a rare disease called lymphangiomatosis. Sue Ingraham has been a healty, active mother until she experiences some unusual pain in her leg. She tries to just deal with it, but her knee freezes up, and her pain worsens, spreading to her groin area. A doctor later finds out that Sue has had a rare, benign tumor on her sciatic nerve called a neurofibroma.

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