Mystery Diagnosis: The Boy Who Can’t Grow

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Published on May 2, 2020 by

Since he was born, Ricky Getch’s parents have been troubled by his problems. Ricky is unusually small for his age and doesn’t grow normally and has a low appetite from a rare, treatable form of dwarfism called Russell Silver syndrome (RSS). Noel Valero, an active father of two, suddenly blinks his eyes more frequently than usual, has unusual neck spasms, paralysis of his right tricep, and back pain that occurs in his entire back from a rare movement disorder called dystonia
Every year, millions of Americans fall prey to real-life medical mysteries ailments that go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed for years. Their lives are thrown into turmoil as medical professionals struggle to understand their baffling conditions. Mystery diagnosis tells their stories. Through interviews and dramatic recreations, each medical mystery is recounted in vivid detail. Symptoms emerge, specialists are called in, but still the daily struggle continues. And then one day, because of a patients relentless pursuit of an accurate diagnosis, or a forward thinking doctor, the problem is solved and a true diagnosis given.

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