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  • Writer's pictureNate Scharping

Mystery Cases: What Happens When Modern Medicine Lacks a Diagnosis or Cure?

Millions of Americans suffer from ailments without a name. That's where the Undiagnosed Diseases Network comes in.

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Elizabeth wouldn’t walk or talk as a toddler. Laura’s hair fell out, and rashes attacked her skin. Angela’s left leg was so swollen it hurt to stand. Emma needed a breathing machine just to sleep. Their suffering may take different forms, but their stories share a common thread: Neither they or their families knew what was actually causing these issues.

Undiagnosed diseases are more common than you might think. Tens of millions of Americans likely suffer from disorders they cannot name. For many, the symptoms are minor. But in some cases, patients come to their doctors with serious problems caused by diseases that defy medical knowledge.

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