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TV's Dr. House Helps Solve Medical Mystery

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TV's Dr. House Helps Solve Medical Mystery

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TV's Dr. House Helps Solve Medical Mystery

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A patient in Germany had a combination of puzzling symptoms: heart failure, blindness and swollen lymph nodes. He was referred to a diagnostic specialist, who happens to be a fan of House. He was able to make a diagnosis based on an episode. The problem: cobalt poisoning from a hip replacement.

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A patient in Germany had a combination of symptoms that was puzzling doctors for months: heart failure, blindness, swollen lymph nodes. He was referred to a diagnostic specialist, who happens to be a fan of the medical TV drama "House." The specialist was able to make a diagnosis based on an episode. The problem: cobalt poisoning from a hip replacement. The man is now OK, thanks to TV, though the attending doctor says a quick Internet search would have yielded the same diagnosis.

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