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Abdominal tuberculoma in 1.10 Histories
Abuse / violence (see also Sexual abuse) in 3.12 One Day, One Room
Acute intermittent porphyria (AIP) (also see Porphyria) in 1.22 Honeymoon
Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) in 6.10 Wilson
Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) in 5.08 Emancipation
Addison's disease in 3.01 Meaning
African sleeping sickness in 1.07 Fidelity
Alcohol / drug abuse in 1.06 The Socratic Method, 1.12 Sports Medicine, 2.11 Need To Know, 3.07 Son of a Coma Guy, 4.01 Alone, 4.09 Games, 5.14 Unfaithful, 6.09 Ignorance Is Bliss
Alien hand syndrome see Split brain
Allergic vasculitis in 4.14 Living the Dream
Alveolar rhabdomyosacrcoma in 2.02 Autopsy
Amantadine poisoning in 4.16 Wilson's Heart
Amyloid A (AA) amyloidosis (see also Amyloidosis) in 3.03 Informed Consent
Amyloidosis in 3.02 Informed Consent
Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (also see Intersexuality) in 2.13 Skin Deep
Anthrax in 1.13 Cursed
Arsenic poisoning in 5.08 Emancipation
Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) in 1.09 DNR
Assisted suicide in 3.03 Informed Consent (see also Euthanasia), 6.07 Known Unknowns
Autism in 3.04 Lines in the Sand
Baylisascaris infection see Raccoon roundworm infection
Behcet's disease in 2.08 The Mistake
Benign tumor in 2.02 Autopsy, 2.11 Need To Know
Bipolar disorder in 2.10 Failure to Communicate, 6.01 Broken
Blastomycosis in 5.20 Simple Explanation, 6.04 The Tyrant
Blood transfusion, blood type mismatch in 4.08 You Don't Want To Know
Brain aneurysm see Cerebral aneurysm
Breast cancer in 4.10 It's a Wonderful Lie
Broken heart syndrome in 3.11 Words and Deeds
Brucellosis in 2.14 Sex Kills
Bubonic plague in 2.18 Sleeping Dogs Lie
Bulimia in 1.14 Control
Burns in 2.12 Distractions
Cadmium poisoning in 1.12 Sports Medicine
Carcinoid tumor in 5.18 Here Kitty
Cavernous angioma in 2.05 Daddy's Boy
Celiac disease in 2.22 Forever
Cerebral aneurysm in 6.06 Brave Hearts
Chagas disease in 4.13 No More Mr. Nice Guy
Chimerism in 3.02 Cane and Able
Chronic ganulomatous disease in 3.08 Whac-A-Mole
Chronic insensitivity to pain (CIPA) in 3.14 Insensitive
Chronic pain in 5.12 Painless
Cochlear implants in 5.22 House Divided
Common variable immune deficiency (CVID) in 1.17 Role Model
Coma see Vegetative state
Congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation (CCAM) in 3.17 Fetal Position
Congenital erythropoietic porphyria (see also Porphyria) in 3.09 Finding Judas
Congestive heart failure in 1.14 Control
Conversion disorder in 2.13 Skin Deep, 3.08 Whac-A-Mole
Copper allergy in 1.05 Damned If You Do
Crohn's disease in 6.08 Teamwork
Cushing's disease in 1.16 Heavy
Deafness in 5.22 House Divided
Deformity in 4.07 Ugly
Depression (see also Suicide) in 3.22 Resignation, 5.12 Painless, 5.20 Simple Explanation, 6.02 Broken
Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) in 2.03 Humpty Dumpty
Doege-Potter syndrome in 5.17 The Social Contract
Dwarfism in 3.10 Merry Little Christmas
Echinococcus infection in 2.07 Hunting
Eclampsia in 5.5.11 Joy to the World
Ectopic pregnancy in 5.01 Dying Changes Everything
Encephalitis see Herpes encephalitis
Endocarditis in 3.20 House Training
Enterovirus infection in 1.04 Maternity
Environmental dependancy syndrome in 4.05 Mirror, Mirror
Eperythrozoon infection in 4.05 Mirror, Mirror
Epilepsy in 5.12 Painless
Epstein-Barr virus in 1.17 Role Model
Erdheim-Chester disease in 2.17 All In
Ergot poisoning in 4.04 Guardian Angels
Euthanasia in 3.03 Informed Consent (see also Assisted suicide), 6.07 Known Unknowns
Fabry's disease in 6.03 Epic Fail
Familial Mediterranean fever in 5.06 Joy
Food poisoning in 2.14 Sex Kills, 4.04 Guardian Angels, 6.07 Known Unknowns
Frontal lobe disinhibition in 5.17 The Social Contract
Genetic mosaicism (see also Intersexuality) in 5.15 The Softer Side
Giovannini mirror syndrome see Environmental dependency syndrome
Gold poisoning in 2.15 Clueless
Gonorrhea in 2.14 Sex Kills, 5.23 Under My Skin
Graft vs host disease in 3.21 Family
Hallucinogenic mushrooms in 5.11 Joy to the World
Heart defect in 3.24 Human Error, 5.13 Big Baby
Hemochromatosis in 2.23 Who's Your Daddy?, 3.23 The Jerk, 6.07 Known Unknowns
Hepatitis C in 1.15 Mob Rules, 2.08 The Mistake
Hereditary angioedema in 3.05 Fools For Love
Hereditary coproporphyria (see also Porphyria) in 5.10 Let Them Eat Cake
Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia in 3.16 Top Secret
Herpes encephalitis in 2.05 Damned If You Do, 2.19 House vs God
Histoplasmosis in 3.21 Family
HIV / AIDS in 2.07 Hunting
Hughes-Stovin syndrome in 6.11 The Down Low
Huntington's disease in 4.08 You Don't Want To Know, 5.10 Let Them Eat Cake
Hysteria see Mass hysteria
Incest see Sexual abuse
Intersexuality in 2.13 Skin Deep, 5.15 The Softer Side
Ipecac abuse in 1.14 Control
Iron toxicity in 5.08 Emancipation
Langerhans cell histiocytosis in 3.10 Merry Little Christmas
Lead poisoning in 5.07 The Itch
Legionnaire's disease in 2.20&2.21 Euphoria
Leishmaniasis in 5.20 Simple Explanation
Leprosy in 1.13 Cursed, 5.01 Dying Changes Everything
Leptospirosis in 5.19 Locked In
Liver cancer in 1.05 The Socratic Method, 2.08 The Mistake
Locked-in syndrome in 5.19 Locked In
Lung cancer in 1.18 Babies and Bathwater, 3.06 Que Sera Sera
Lupus in 4.08 You Don't Want To Know
Lyme disease in 4.07 Ugly
Malaria in 2.10 Failure To Communicate
Male menopause in 3.11 Words and Deeds
Mass hysteria in 3.18 Airborne
Maternal mirror syndrome in 3.17 Fetal Position
Melanoma in 6.13 Moving The Chains
Melioidosis in 5.09 Last Resort
Meningioma in 3.11 Words and Deeds
MERRF Myoclonic epilepsy and ragged red fiber disease in 3.07 Son of a Coma Guy
Methanol poisoning in 2.01 Acceptance
Methyl bromide poisoning in 3.18 Airborne
Munchausen's syndrome in 2.09 Deception
Myasthenia gravis in 2.06 Spin
Naegleria infection in 2.20&2.21 Euphoria
Naphthalene poisoning in 1.11 Detox
Necrotizing fascitis in 1.21 Three Stories
Nephroptosis in 4.12 Don't Ever Change
Nesidioblastoma in 2.04 TB Or Not TB
Neurosyphilis in 3.15 Half-Wit
Organ donation in 1.14 Control, 2.14 Sex Kills, 5.02 Not Cancer
Organophosphate poisoning in 1.08 Poison
Ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency (OTD) in 1.15 Mob Rules
Osteomyelitis in 1.20 Love Hurts
Osteosarcoma in 1.21 Three Stories
Pancreatic cancer in 5.24 Both Sides Now
Paraneoplastic syndrome in 1.18 Babies and Bathwater, 2.13 Skin Deep, 3.06 It's a Wonderful Lie, 6.13 Moving The Chains
Parthenogenesis (virgin birth) in 5.11 Joy to the World
Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) in 5.13 Big Baby
Peptic ulcer in 2.08 The Mistake
Phantom limb pain in 6.04 The Tyrant
Pheochromocytoma in 4.02 The Right Stuff, 2.01 Acceptance
Pica in 3.04 Lines in the Sand
Pituitary tumor in 3.10 Merry Little Christmas
Placental abruption in 5.06 Joy
Popcorn lung in 6.10 Wilson
Porphyria in 1.22 Honeymoon, 3. 09 Finding Judas, 5.10 Let Them Eat Cake
Precocious puberty in 3.19 Act Your Age
Primary amoebic meningoencephalitis in 2.20&2.21 Euphoria
Primary antiphospholipid syndrome in 6.05 Instant Karma
Propylene glycol poisoning in 5.24 Both Sides Now
Psittacosis in 2.03 Humpty Dumpty
Psychopathy in 6.12 Remorse
Pure red cell aplasia (PRCA) in 2.06 Spin
Rabies in 1.10 Histories
Raccoon roundworm infection in 3.04 Lines in the Sand
Radiation poisoning in 2.05 Daddy's Boy
Ragged red fiber disease see MERRF
Rape see Sexual abuse
Retroperitoneal bleed in 3.15 Half-Wit
Sarcoidosis in 5.22 House Divided, 6.04 The Tyrant
Scurvy in 3.01 Meaning
Serotonin syndrome in 2.12 Distractions, 4.01 Alone
Sexual abuse / Rape in 2.13 Skin Deep, 3.12 One Day, One Room
Sjogren's syndrome in 5.05 Lucky Thirteen
Sleeping sickness see African sleeping sickness
Spinal meningioma see Meningioma
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in 4.03 97 Seconds
Split brain in 5.24 Both Sides Now
Sporotrichosis in 5.21 Saviors
Stomach cancer in 2.22 Forever
Stomach ulcer see Peptic ulcer
Stroke in 1.09 DNR, 2.02 Autopsy
Strongyloides infection in 4.03 97 Seconds and 6.08 Teamwork
Subacute sclerosis panencephalitis in 1.02 Paternity
Suicide in 5.20 Simple Explanation
Syphilis see Neurosyphilis
Takayasu's arteritis in 3.15 Half-Wit
Tapeworm in 1.01 Pilot, 3.14 Insensitive
Testicular cancer in 2.13 Skin Deep
Thallium poisoning in 4.06 Whatever It Takes
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpurea (TTP) in 1.19 Kids and 6.09 Ignorance Is Bliss
Thymoma in 2.06 Spin
Tick paralysis in 2.16 Safe
Toxic epidermal necrolysis in 5.23 Under My Skin
Tuberculosis (TB) in 2.04 TB Or Not TB
Tuberous sclerosis in 2.19 House vs God
Urinary tract obstruction in 3.17 Fetal Position
Vegetative state in 3.01 Meaning, 3.07 Son of a Coma Guy
Vasculitis see also Allergic vasculitis, Behcet's disease, Takayasu's arteritis
Vibrio vulnificus infection in 6.07 Known Unknowns
Visceral leishmaniasis see Leishmaniasis
Vitamin K deficiency in 1.06 The Socratic Method
Von Hipple-Lindau disease in 4.02 The Right Stuff
Wilson's disease in 1.06 The Socratic Method and 6.12 Remorse
Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome in 5.14 Unfaithful
Zygomycosis infection in 2.23 Who's Your Daddy?

Season 5, Episodes 12-16

5.12 Painless

Initial Symptoms: Man with chronic pain
Diagnosis: Epilepsy (Thirteen)

Contributions by Team
House (4): Realizes patient has attempted suicide by blowing air into his IV, idea for spinal block procedure, realizes patient drank rubbing alcohol in suicide attempt, diagnosis for epilepsy
Cameron (N/A): Not part of diagnosis
Chase (N/A): Not part of diagnosis
Foreman (1): Orders CT test which finds intestinal edema + air in blood vessels
Kutner (0): None
Taub (0): None
Thirteen (2): Diagnosis for pulmonary embolism, suggests non-motor seizures

Notes: I'm fuzzy on this, but I believe that what Thirteen was suggesting when she said "non-motor seizures" is what House eventually diagnosed him with. Therefore, Thirteen gets the credit.
The patient attempted suicide twice in the hospital. These were not considered diagnoses unto themselves, but House received credit for deducing the attempts.

5.13 Big Baby

Initial Symptoms: Woman coughing blood
Diagnosis: Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) (House)

Contributions by Team
House (2): Orders bleeding test, diagnosis for PDA
Cameron (0): None
Chase (N/A): Not part of diagnosis
Foreman (0): None
Kutner (1): Finds pleural effusions with ERCP test
Taub (0): None
Thirteen (0): None

Notes: Cameron loses a point for allowing House to cut off the top of the patient's head. (There's a sentence I never thought I would type.)

5.14 The Greater Good

Initial Symptoms: Woman with spontaneous pneumothorax + history of uterine myoma
Diagnosis: Endometriosis (House)

Contributions by Team
House (1): Diagnosis for endometriosis
Cameron (N/A): Not part of diagnosis
Chase (N/A): Not part of diagnosis
Foreman (1): Spots something on MRI (I'm not sure what it really was, he thought it was a granuloma)
Kutner (1): Spots increased interstisal markings on CT
Taub (1): Sees patient is bleeding into her abdominal cavity
Thirteen (0): None

Notes: The liver failure was never explained. Was it because she was bleeding from her hepatic artery?
The part about the patient scratching through her skull may have been taken from this story.
Foreman and Thirteen didn't contribute much to the differential because they had their own drama going on.

5.15 Unfaithful

Initial Symptom: Man with hallucination
Diagnosis: Alcoholism (House) + Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome (House)

Contributions by Team
House (2): Diagnosis for alcohol abuse, diagnosis for Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome
Cameron (1): Diagnoses alcohol abuse
Chase (N/A): Not part of diagnosis
Foreman (0): None
Kutner (0): None
Taub (2): Finds patient has pneumocystis (indicative of compromised immune system), suggests hyper IgE syndrome (genetic immune disorder)
Thirteen (0): None

Notes: The patient enters the ER with a hallucination, which Cameron attributes to alcohol abuse. House brings the case to the team as a "fake", which everyone quickly figures out. The patient ends up getting sick for real (his toe falls off), and the hallucination is considered the first symptom. House finally diagnoses the patient by attributing the hallucination to alcohol. Therefore House is credited with diagnosing the patient, but Cameron receives a point too.

5.16 The Softer Side

Initial Symptoms: Child with genetic mosaicism + severe abdominal pain
Diagnosis: Dehydration (Foreman) + kidney damage (House) + poisoning from MRI contrast (House)

Contributions by Team
House (2): Realizes patient's kidneys are damaged from energy drinks, diagnosis for dye poisoning
Cameron (N/A): Not part of diagnosis
Chase (N/A): Not part of diagnosis
Foreman (1): Diagnosis for dehydration
Kutner (0): None
Taub (0): None
Thirteen (2): Sees patient is in cardiac tamponade, notices patient's palms are red indicating kidney damage

Notes: It's confusing but I'm attributing the patient's initial symptom, abdominal pain, to dehydration + kidney damage from energy drinks (and seriously, how much of that stuff was he drinking?) and his subsequent symptoms to poisoning from the MRI contrast.
Unlike House himself, I'm not docking him a point for giving the patient the MRI which caused his illness.
I don't remember if Chase was the surgeon who found the gastric fistula caused by necrotizing pancreatitis. He gets a point if it was.
Thirteen loses a point for telling the parents that their son was suicidal when he wasn't and for giving the patient the truth about his condition. I'm docking her this point because it caused a rift between a seriously ill child and his parents, right when he most needed to trust them.
House was absent for part of the case.


Season 5, Episodes 7-11

I know I haven't updated in a while, but I am catching up. I will complete season 5 and am also considering adding a list of diseases discussed on the show.
As I discussed in my previous post, my reviews here have suffered because I no longer have transcripts to go by. I will continue to post my abbreviated versions. This is complicated by the fact that I waited so long to write them that I'm having trouble remembering what happened!

5.07 The Itch

Initial Symptoms: Man with agoraphobia + headache + seizures
Diagnosis: Lead poisoning from bullets left inside patient after a shooting (House)

Contributions by Team
House (2): Realizes patient's bowel is obstructed, diagnosis for lead poisoning
Cameron (2): Persuades patient to allow team to keep treating him, observes flattened villi in bowel
Chase (0): None
Foreman (1): Idea to perform EEG to diagnose cause of seizures
Kutner (0): None
Taub (0): None
Thirteen (0): None

Notes: The team was limited while diagnosing and treating this patient, as he refused to leave his home.
Removing the bullet fragments without anaesthesia was brutal even by House's own standards.
I'm assuming the partial bowel obstruction was also caused by the lead poisoning.
House spent a lot of the episode trying to force the patient to go to the hospital against his wishes. I'm calling this a value judgment and therefore am not awarding or deducting points around this issue.
Taub loses a point for igniting the patient's intestinal gas during the surgery, but that may be excusable given the circumstances under which he performed the surgery.

5.08 Emancipation

There were two cases for the Housepets this week. Foreman diagnosed a clinic patient with help from Chase and Cameron.

Case A
Initial Symptoms: Girl with pulmonary edema
Diagnosis: Arsenic poisoning (House) + acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) (Thirteen)

Contributions by Team
House (2): Diagnosis for arsenic poisoning, gets patient to admit truth and contact her family
Cameron (N/A): Not part of diagnosis
Chase (N/A): Not part of diagnosis
Foreman (1): Notices blood in patient's urine
Kutner (1): Observes on fMRI that patient is lying about her family
Taub (0): None
Thirteen (1): Diagnosis for APL

Notes: I'm assuming that the arsenic poisoning was contributing to her symptoms, or that it would have made her sick if she hadn't also had APL (which is treated with arsenic).
From the patient's fMRI Kutner deduces that the patient is lying about her parents, and House later figures out that she's lying from guilt and persuades her to contact her family. Because the patient is a minor and (according to the show) would need a bone marrow transplant to save her life, I'm awarding points for this.

Case B
Initial Symptoms: Boy with lethargy, diarrhea, bloody vomiting
Diagnosis: Iron toxicity from too many vitamins (Foreman)

Contributions by Team
House (N/A): Refuses to participate in diagnosis
Cameron (0): None
Chase (1): Suggests patient is being poisoned by his mother or brother
Foreman (1): Diagnosis for iron toxicity
Kutner (N/A): Not part of diagnosis
Taub (N/A): Not part of diagnosis
Thirteen (N/A): Not part of diagnosis

Notes: I'm going to brag here: I called the patient's brother poisoning him long before Foreman figured it out. But then I think most of the audience did.

5.09 Last Resort

Initial Symptoms: Man with lack of breath, fatigue, headaches, stomach aches, skin rashes, heart palpitations, insomnia
Diagnosis: Melioidosis (Cameron)

Contributions by Team
House (4): Observes patient has low lung volume, diagnoses seventh-nerve palsy, observes patient is sweating on just one side of his face, diagnoses patient with low calcium (Chvostek's sign)
Cameron (2): Suggests patient's medications have been protecting his kidneys, diagnosis for melioidosis
Chase (N/A): Refuses to participate in diagnosis
Foreman (1): Suggests chronic lung infection
Kutner (0): None
Taub (0): None
Thirteen (2): Observes patient has high heart rate, suggests chemical cardioversion to restore heart rate

Notes: Diagnosis was complicated by the patient, you know, holding House and Thirteen hostage.
The medicine was confusing. If the writers can't keep it straight, don't expect me to; I'm just doing the best I can.
Since chronis melioidosis can affect the brain, I'm assuming here that the patient's palsy and anhidrosis (sweating on one side of his face) were symptoms.

5.10 Let Them Eat Cake

Initial Symptoms: Woman with difficultly breathing
Diagnosis: Hereditary coproporphyria (House)

Contributions by Team
House (1): Diagnosis for hereditary coproporphyria
Cameron (N/A): Not part of diagnosis
Chase (N/A): Not part of diagnosis
Foreman (0): None
Kutner (0): None
Taub (1): Sees problem has spread to the patient's muscles
Thirteen (0): None

Notes: Either Kutner or Taub noticed that the patient had lost sensation in her foot, but I don't remember which.

5.11 Joy to the World

Initial Symptoms: Girl with hallucinations, vomiting, liver failure
Diagnosis: Eclampsia (Cuddy) + poisoning with hallucinogenic mushroom (Thirteen)

Contributions by Team
House (2): Notices high alkaline phosphate levels in patient's blood, stops Wilson and Cuddy from putting patient on chemotherapy
Cameron (N/A): Not part of diagnosis
Chase (1): Gets students to admit to poisoning patient
Foreman (0): None
Kutner (0): None
Taub (0): None
Thirteen (1): Diagnosis for hallucinogen poisoning

Notes: Yay, Cuddy got the diagnosis! She also found the patient's abandoned baby.



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