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.

She’s furious at the doctors who failed to diagnose the ailment she endured for years
Heidi Gribble Camp’s stabbing back pain was far from normal. So was its little-known cause.
 
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)
 
Medical mysteries: Ian Liu’s back pain was horrible, but no one knew the reason
(The Washington Post, February 18, 2013; 6:05 PM)