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.

What was making her son so sick? A doctor is frustrated by the diagnostic process.
After Zachary Fox contracted the flu, his disabling stomach problems began, then grew worse.
 
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)
 
A persistent and pernicious headache
(The Washington Post, January 28, 2013; 4:58 PM)
 
Medical Mysteries: Cerebral palsy proves not to be the cause of boy’s decline
(The Washington Post, December 17, 2012; 2:50 PM)
 
Medical Mystery: A woman endures multiple surgeries when a wound will not heal
(The Washington Post, November 19, 2012; 1:12 PM)
 
‘Textbook’ of frightening coughing spells was not diagnosed immediately
(The Washington Post, October 29, 2012; 11:16 AM)
 
Unexplained pain in woman’s mouth caused her to lose weight, disrupt her life
(The Washington Post, September 24, 2012; 3:52 PM)