Medical Mysteries by Sandra G. Boodman

The Washington Post's Sandra G. Boodman is looking for challenging medical cases--ones that have been resolved but in which the patient's symptoms were puzzling to doctors or suggested an immediate diagnosis that would have been wrong.

Medical Mysteries: What was causing a woman’s chronic digestive distress?
MEDICAL MYSTERIES | A new look at a longtime diagnosis finally helped solve her gastrointestinal woes.
 
She’s furious at the doctors who failed to diagnose the ailment she endured for years
(The Washington Post, August 25, 2014; 4:54 PM)
 
A mysterious rash on a woman’s hands and lips stumped specialists
(The Washington Post, July 28, 2014; 4:58 PM)
 
A fever gripped a woman every afternoon, only to slide back to normal while she slept
(The Washington Post, June 30, 2014; 5:18 PM)
 
For seven years, searing pain with no relief
(The Washington Post, May 26, 2014; 6:30 PM)
 
The doctor and the teenager
(The Washington Post, April 28, 2014; 1:36 PM)
 
What was making her son so sick? A doctor is frustrated by the diagnostic process.
(The Washington Post, March 17, 2014; 5:56 PM)
 
An unusual coincidence solved the mystery of the scary nosebleeds and low platelet counts
(The Washington Post, February 24, 2014; 5:42 PM)
 
What makes a good Medical Mystery? The writer tells all.
(The Washington Post, January 27, 2014; 5:56 PM)
 
Depression and possible dementia masked the real problem
(The Washington Post, December 23, 2013; 11:00 AM)
 
Why was this high school student losing weight and feeling so sick?
(The Washington Post, November 18, 2013; 5:16 PM)
 
Woman’s nonstop drenching sweats were a medical mystery
(The Washington Post, October 14, 2013; 3:43 PM)
 
Why couldn’t the baby see?
(The Washington Post, September 9, 2013; 5:50 PM)
 
Emergency surgery followed many missed chances to diagnose illness
(The Washington Post, August 12, 2013; 4:37 PM)
 
Joint replacement had been a success, but pain persisted in patient’s shoulder
(The Washington Post, July 22, 2013; 3:57 PM)
 
Fox News reporter struggled with painful eye condition for more than a year
(The Washington Post, June 10, 2013; 2:13 PM)
 
Medical Mysteries: A clue to a girl’s painful ailment goes long overlooked
(The Washington Post, May 20, 2013; 5:20 PM)
 
Medical Mysteries: A clue to a girl’s painful ailment goes long overlooked
(The Washington Post, May 20, 2013; 5:20 PM)
 
A complicated case finally gets solved by a persistent physician
(The Washington Post, April 15, 2013; 4:17 PM)
 
Eating made her sick, but it took doctors years to figure out why
(The Washington Post, March 25, 2013; 2:51 PM)