Doctors Share The Strangest Diagnosis They’ve Ever Made

Doctors See The Strangest Things…

If you choose a career as a doctor, be prepared to see some very strange things indeed. A few doctors recently got together on the internet and shared their wackiest, strangest stories. And trust me, you’re going to want to hear what they have to say.

#1 Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura

“The emergency doctor referred a guy to me who had a platelet count of 2. The guy looked bloody sick, abdominal pain, rash, feverish, diaphoretic, a bit confused and drowsy too. Talked to my boss who said to give him prednisolone and he’d see him tomorrow, but I was convinced this guy had a really rare condition called TTP (Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura). Basically, it causes random tiny blood clots all over your body. So I called the major hospital in my area and sent him to their ICU for a procedure called plasma exchange. I ordered a test to prove the condition, still have a paper copy of the resultbecause it’s the best diagnosis I’ve ever made. It helped save his life!”

via: knowable

#2 – Blood In The Urine

“We had a strange case a few years ago. An otherwise healthy, 40-year-old migrant worker from Central America started coughing up blood intermittently. Everything suggested tuberculosis: history, chest x-ray looked like tuberculosis, illness script looked like tuberculosis… but his tests for it were all negative. I decided to test his urine on a whim to rule out pulmonary-renal pathologies. Ding, ding, ding! Blood. Lots of blood. The patient never noticed it, and his kidney function was superb, so this was a tricky diagnosis. Turns out he had granulomatosis with polyangiitis. Basically, this rare disease randomly cuts off blood flow to organs. I’m glad we caught it before it caused irrevocable damage to his organs.”

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#3 – Never Work With Dogs…

“Patient came in with an itchy rash that would not go away for weeks and swelling of the mouth and tongue. She had “hives” all over her body and the only thing that had helped was repeated steroids. The patient was a mid 40s female who worked with dogs, so we assumed that she had a new allergy to pet dandruff, fragrance in a shampoo, flea medicine, something. We discharged her home with an appointment for the dermatologist to do a biopsy of the lesions. Later that day, she turns back up in the Emergency Department with swollen lips, increased rash, and trouble breathing. She started having these problems 15 minutes after eating a roast beef sandwich. Luckily, someone on the team remembered that she works with dogs. Otherwise she might have been in a lot of trouble.”

via: knowable

#4 – Rate Bite Fever

“We had a young girl come in with a rash on the bottom of her feet. She was also having headaches and joint pains. We spent close to an hour interviewing the girl and the mother. Her history was essentially negative. Finally, as a last ditch effort to figure out what was wrong, I pulled out the weird questions you ask in med school. I asked if they had any unusual pets, as we had already ruled out normal pets. They said actually they did just return a pet rat for biting her. They thought that this wasn’t really relevant. Bam! Rat bite fever.”

via: knowable

#5 – Blood In Semen

“I am in internal medicine. Mid 40’s female patient of mine has an appointment to discuss vaginal bleeding after intercourse. She has had a hysterectomy and so had no periods. She was, of course, concerned about some sort of a cancerous process, especially since there was no pain or discomfort when she noticed the bleeding. Full work-up, she’s perfectly healthy. We have a mystery! Once she is cleared, I ask about her husband. I tell her to have him pleasure himself and report back to me. Lo and behold, he had blood in his ejaculate. It’s actually not that unusual. But in RARE cases, it can be a sign of underlying prostate cancer. In this case, we did eventually diagnose prostate cancer in this upper 40’s male. He had his surgery, and is doing well today.”

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