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Episode Index

Introduction to Performance Reviews
List of diseases featured on the show

Summaries per season
Season One Episodes
Season Two Episodes
Season Three Episodes
Season Four Episodes
Season Five Episodes
Season Six Episodes

1.01 Pilot
1.02 Paternity
1.03 Occam's Razor
1.04 Maternity
1.05 Damned If You Do
1.06 The Socratic Method
1.07 Fidelity
1.08 Poison
1.09 DNR
1.10 Histories
1.11 Detox
1.12 Sports Medicine
1.13 Cursed
1.14 Control
1.15 Mob Rules
1.16 Heavy
1.17 Role Model
1.18 Babies and Bathwater
1.19 Kids
1.20 Love Hurts
1.21 Three Stories
1.22 Honeymoon

2.01 Acceptance
2.02 Autopsy
2.03 Humpty Dumpty
2.04 TB Or Not TB
2.05 Daddy's Boy

2.06 Spin
2.07 Hunting
2.08 The Mistake
2.09 Deception
2.10 Failure To Communicate
2.11 Need To Know
2.12 Distractions

2.13 Skin Deep
2.14 Sex Kills
2.15 Clueless
2.16 Safe
2.17 All In
2.18 Sleeping Dogs Lie
2.19 House vs. God
2.20 & 2.21 Euphoria
2.22 Forever
2.23 Who's Your Daddy?
2.24 No Reason

3.01 Meaning
3.02 Cane and Able
3.03 Informed Consent
3.04 Lines in the Sand
3.05 Fools For Love
3.06 Que Sera Sera
3.07 Son of a Coma Guy
3.08 Whac-A-Mole
3.09 Finding Judas
3.10 Merry Little Christmas
3.11 Words and Deeds
3.12 One Day, One Room
3.13 Needle in a Haystack
3.14 Insensitive
3.15 Half-Wit
3.16 Top Secret
3.17 Fetal Position
3.18 Airborne

3.19 Act Your Age
3.20 House Training
3.21 Family
3.22 Resignation
3.23 The Jerk

3.24 Human Error

4.01 Alone
4.02 The Right Stuff
4.03 97 Seconds
4.04 Guardian Angels
4.05 Mirror, Mirror
4.06 Whatever It Takes
4.07 Ugly
4.08 You Don't Want To Know
4.09 Games
4.10 It's a Wonderful Lie
4.11 Frozen
4.12 Don't Ever Change
4.13 No More Mister Nice Guy
4.14 Living The Dream
4.15 House's Head
4.16 Wilson's Heart

5.01 Dying Changes Everything
5.02 Not Cancer
5.03 Adverse Events
5.04 Birthmarks
5.05 Lucky Thirteen
5.06 Joy
5.07 The Itch
5.08 Emancipation
5.09 Last Resort
5.10 Let Them Eat Cake
5.11 Joy to the World
5.12 Painless
5.13 Big Baby
5.14 The Greater Good
5.15 Unfaithful
5.16 The Softer Side
5.17 The Social Contract
5.18 Here Kitty
5.19 Locked In
5.20 Simple Explanation
5.21 Saviours
5.22 House Divided
5.23 Under My Skin
5.24 Both Sides Now

6.03 Epic Fail
6.04 The Tyrant
6.05 Instant Karma
6.06 Brave Hearts
6.07 Known Unknowns
6.08 Teamwork
6.09 Ignorance Is Bliss
6.11 The Down Low
6.12 Remorse
6.13 Moving The Chains


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6.13 Moving The Chains

Initial symptoms: Man who has had a violent episode which he can't remember
Diagnosis: Paraneoplastic syndrome (Chase) + melanoma (House)

Contributions by team
House (3): Discovers patient's GnRH (gonadotropin releasing hormone) levels are elevated, notices patient's palms are white, sees patient didn't lose weight in hospital
Chase (2): Notices patient's liver is inflamed, diagnosis for paraneoplastic syndrome
Foreman (1): Notices patient has cryoglobulinemai (patient's blood is clotting due to cold)
Taub (0)
Thirteen (0)

Notes: Chase suggested the patient had paraneoplastic syndrome, and House found the cancer causing it. He had melanoma, which the team hadn't thought to look for because he was African American.


6.12 Remorse

Initial symptoms: Woman with severe ear pain
Diagnosis: Wilson's disease (House)

Contributions by team
House (2): tells team the patient's psychopathy is a symptom, diagnosis for Wilson's disease
Chase (1): suggests change in patient's diet could have caused illness
Foreman (0)
Taub (0)
Thirteen (2): realizes patient is a psychopath, discovers patient's psychopathy is a symptom

Notes: House suggested at the beginning that the patient's psychopathy was a symptom of her physical illness, then abandoned the idea. Thirteen identified it as a symptom after talking to the patient's sister. They both receive credit.
House, stop irradiating patients.
House told Thirteen to test the patient for Wilson's disease, she later said "we ruled it out", but the patient had Wilson's disease after all. Thirteen receives an Error.


Episodes 6.08 to 6.11

Episode 6.10, Wilson, is not included here.

6.08 Teamwork

Initial Symptoms: Man with severe headache + photophobia
Diagnosis: Strongyloides (Chase) + extraintestinal Crohn's disease (House + Taub + Thirteen)

Contributions by Team
House (1): Diagnosis for Crohn's disease
Cameron (1): Saw patient's liver is failing
Chase (2): Noticed rash on patient's legs, diagnosis for strongyloides
Foreman (1): Diagnosis for strongyloides
Taub (1): Diagnosis for Crohn's disease
Thirteen (1): Diagnosis for Crohn's disease

I'm going to assume Cameron was correct when she accused House of knowing the final diagnosis. Because they each arrived at it separately, House, Taub and Thirteen all receive credit.
The team discovered the threadworm infection by performing an endoscopic exam of the bile duct, which they did because someone suggested the patient had a disease that damages bile ducts. That person gets credit for the Diagnosis, but who was it?! I can't remember, the Fox recap said it was Chase, and Polite Dissent said it was Foreman. I'm saying it was Chase but please tell me if I'm mistaken.
In this episode the team officially consisted of Foreman, Cameron and Chase, but House dragged Thirteen and Taub in as well. At the end the final composition of the team going forward is Foreman, Chase, Taub and Thirteen.
Goodbye Cameron, who left the show at the end of the episode.

6.09 Ignorance Is Bliss

Initial Symptoms: Man with ataxia + anemia + cough
Diagnosis: Dextromethorphan abuse (House) + thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (Chase)

Contributions by Team
House (2): Realized patient was abusing DXM, realized patient had multiple spleens
Chase (3): Diagnosis for TTP, saw patient was having stroke, found hidden vodka & cough medicine
Foreman (1): Suggested toxins
Taub (1): Deduced patient was in kidney failure
Thirteen (1): Confirmed TTP by finding schistocytes in patient's blood

I'm calling the "robo tripping" a separate diagnosis, because while it turned out to be irrelevant to the illness that put him in the hospital it can't be a good idea to poison your brain.
Chase's diagnosis of TTP was rejected after the patient failed to improve following a splenectomy. House then learned that the patient had broken his ribs years earlier and realized that the trauma had caused his spleen to split off and grow into multiple spleens, and Chase's suggestion of TTP was correct. I'm awarding Chase the Diagnosis for TTP and House a point for realizing it was correct and why.
You would think Chase would have seen the extra spleens before the splenectomy, but since House did not indicate it was Chase's fault that he didn't I'm not giving him an Error.
Another character named James?! Is this an in joke by the writers or something?

6.11 The Down Low

Initial Symptoms: Man with vertigo induced by loud noises
Diagnosis: Hughes-Stovin syndrome (House)

Contributions by Team
House (2): Realized patient is using beta blockers, diagnosis for Hughes-Stovin syndrome
Chase (1): Noticed patient's heart rate didn't increase during a painful procedure
Foreman (0)
Taub (0)
Thirteen (0)

The patient died in the end because his illness was too advanced to treat. The explanation was that he was treating his first symptom, hypertension, with beta blockers and that the team couldn't have cured him if they'd diagnosed him sooner.


Recommendation: House and the Philosophy of Nietzsche

Scholar Bernadette Dahan-Delelis has written a series of five articles on Dr. House as the Superman that philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche described in his famous work Thus Spake Zarathustra. The first two have been posted in English by translator Heather Graham, and the remaining articles should be posted soon. This link is to the first article, with the second article linked at the bottom. The original French versions will be available at this website. Thanks very much to both Bernadette and Heather for their hard work and for giving me permission to post these fascinating articles. Go read!

6.07 Known Unknowns

Initial symptoms: Girl with swollen ankles + hands + collapse
Diagnosis: Vibrio vulnificus infection from oysters (House) + hemochromatosis (House)

Contributions by team:
House (4): Realizes patient had low blood potassium, deduces patient was lying, diagnosis for food poisoning, diagnosis for hemochromatosis
Chase (0)
Cameron (2): Idea to test food, suggests patient's illness is caused by a toxin
Foreman (3): Says food may have caused illness, realizes patient has brain damage causing her to lie, sees on scan that patient isn't telling truth during truth serum test
Taub (N/A): Not in episode
Thirteen (N/A): Not in episode

Notes: I'm assuming House was correct about the patient's blood potassium levels being low the night before.
House is awarded a point for deducing that the patient was lying because that's how the team learned she had eaten oysters. At that point they didn't need further information to make their diagnosis, so further attempts to learn what happened the night before don't earn points.
Cameron loses a point for giving the patient vitamin supplements for the bulemia she didn't have, dosing her with iron that proved to be causing her illness.
Again the medicine didn't make much sense, I'm afraid, plus this is the third time they've used hemochromatosis. Hemochromatosis really does make people more vulnerable to this type of infection, however.


6.06 Brave Hearts

This is my 100th post!

Initial symptoms: Man with family history of premature death by cardiac arrest
Diagnosis: Cerebral aneurysm (House)

Contributions by team:
House (1): Diagnosis for berry aneurysm
Cameron (0)
Chase (0)
Foreman (0)

Taub (N/A): Not in episode
Thirteen (N/A): Not in episode

Notes: House receives an error for sending the patient home without a diagnosis, or rather with a fake diagnosis.
The emergency technicians are responsible for wrongfully pronouncing the patient dead, Foreman and House do not receive an error.
Cameron receives an error for ignoring the patient's complaint of jaw pain. Not only was it a symptom, but jaw pain can indicate a heart attack - exactly what this patient was in danger of having.
The medicine was pretty shaky. Why didn't they test for Wilson's disease, instead of treating for it?


6.04 The Tyrant and 6.05 Instant Karma

6.04 The Tyrant

Initial symptoms: Man coughing blood
Diagnosis: Blastomycosis (Foreman)

Contributions by Team
House (0)
Cameron (0)
Chase (1): Observes hemorrhage in patient's eye
Foreman (1): Diagnosis for blastomycosis
Taub (N/A): Not in episode
Thirteen (N/A): Not part of differential

The original team is back together, with Foreman heading the department and House participating in an unofficial capacity. Thirteen and Taub are no longer on the team, but I'm assuming they'll be back.
It will never be known for certain but the characters seemed to assume that Foreman's diagnosis was the correct one, so I'm awarding it to him.
Foreman does not lose a point for not sticking to his diagnosis. I considered it, but it was the kind of judgment call the team makes all the time. I also considered docking Cameron a point for lying about the patient's mental state to his aide, but didn't because it's impossible to know how wrong she was and it didn't really affect his treatment.
Chase loses a point for murdering the patient. He should lose ALL points but I'll stick to just one.

6.05 Instant Karma

Initial symptoms: Boy with abominal pain + fever + weight loss + dehydration
Diagnosis: Primary antiphospholipid syndrome (House)

Contributions by Team
House (1): Diagnosis for primary antiphospholipid syndrome
Cameron (2): sees patient has fecal impaction, notices rash
Chase (0)
Foreman (1): spots irregularity on heat CT
Taub (N/A): Not in episode
Thirteen (N/A): Not part of differential

I'm assuming that what Foreman saw on the head CT was real and a symptom, but I could be wrong.


Season Five Summary

I regret that without transcripts I don't feel I can come up with an accurate tally of points, so I'm going to just count actual diagnoses.

In season five the team consisted of House, Foreman, Kutner, Taub and Thirteen. Kutner left the show after episode 19. Chase and Cameron participated occasionally.

There were 24 episodes, and a total of 28 patients. Three of these patients died and 25 were saved, giving House's patients a survival rate of 89%. There were two patients in Not Cancer, Joy, Emancipation, and Simple Explanation. One patient died in Not Cancer and one in Simple Explanation because their illnesses were not diagnosed in time, as did the patient in Joy to the World. One of the patients in Emancipation was treated and diagnosed by Foreman alone, with assistance from Chase and Cameron.

Cuddy diagnosed the doomed patient in Joy to the World, and Wilson was given co-credit for the diagnosis in Birthmarks. The patient in the season finale Both Sides Now was diagnosed by his own girlfriend. Cameron had two diagnoses of her own, one in Last Resort and one in Simple Explanation, which is very good considering she's no longer on House's team!

Thirteen lead the Housepets with three diagnoses (in Emancipation, Joy to the World and Painless). Foreman had two diagnoses, in Emancipation and The Softer Side. Kutner had the epiphany moment in his final episode Locked In and Taub had the diagnosis in House Divided (if I'm remembering the episode correctly).

House outdiagnosed them all with 23 diagnoses (remember that many episodes have more than one diagnosis). I haven't done an analysis but I believe he's getting the diagnosis much more often than he did in seasons 1 or 2. I doubt this is deliberate on behalf of the writers.

In five seasons, House and his team(s) have diagnosed 124 patients. Of those, 107 were saved. That's an overall survival rate of 86%.

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6.03 Epic Fail

The season premiere, which counted as episodes 6.01 and 6.02, is not included here.

Initial Symptoms: Man with burning pain in hands
Diagnosis: Fabry's disease (Foreman + House)

Contributions by Team
House (1): Diagnosis for Fabry's disease
Cameron (N/A): Not part of diagnosis
Chase (N/A): Not part of diagnosis
Foreman (1): Diagnosis for Fabry's disease
Taub (0): None
Thirteen (0): None

Foreman, Thirteen and Taub were on their own this episode, and Taub quit toward the end.
Foreman and House came up with the diagnosis independently of each other, so both receive credit.


Season 5, Episodes 17 to 24

I'm back! Again, without transcripts these summaries are brief. I'll post a season summary later but given the sketchiness of my reviews without transcripts, my results will not be as precise as I'd like.

5.17 The Social Contract

Initial Symptoms: Man with frontal lobe disinhibition + nosebleed
Diagnosis: Doege-Potter Syndrome (House) + autoimmune reaction to tumor (House)

Contributions by Team
House (2): Diagnosis for Doege-Potter Syndrome, diagnosis for autoimmune reaction
Cameron (N/A): Not part of diagnosis
Chase (N/A): Not part of diagnosis
Foreman (2): Sees patient's kidneys are failing, orders full body scan
Kutner (0): None
Taub (1): Suggests diabetes
Thirteen (0): None

The team saw the fibroma on the patient's full body scan, but misdiagnosed it as a lung cyst.
Taub gets a point for suggesting diabetes because the glucose tolerance test House ordered based on Taub's suggestion provided a vital clue. Doege-Potter Syndrome causes hypoglycemia.

5.18 Here Kitty

Initial Symptoms: Woman with bronchospasm
Diagnosis: Carcinoid tumour in appendix (House)

Contributions by Team
House (2): Sees patient's rash, diagnosis for carcinoid tumour
Cameron (N/A): Not part of diagnosis
Chase (N/A): Not part of diagnosis
Foreman (0): None
Kutner (1): Sees spider veins on patient's back
Taub (0): None
Thirteen (0): None

"Death cat" was based on a true story.
The patient faked an illness to get to see House. I'm only counting what happened after they determined she really was ill, but it's worth noting that Taub deduced she'd faked her symptoms with methylene blue.
I don't know what caused the brown urine in the end. Also, why didn't they notice at the beginning that the patient's temperature was elevated?

5.19 Locked In

Initial Symptoms: Man with locked in syndrome
Diagnosis: Leptospirosis (Kutner)

Contributions by Team
House (2): Sees patient isn't brain dead, realizes patient has liver failure
Cameron (0)
Chase (N/A)
: Not part of diagnosis
Foreman (0): None
Kutner (1): Diagnosis for leptospirosis
Taub (1): Idea for brain-computer interface
Thirteen (2): Observes patient has bloody urine, diagnoses ulcerative keratitis.

Diagnosis was complicated because the patient couldn't speak.
The infection caused liver failure, which caused the locked in syndrome. The medical reviewer at Polite Dissent noted this didn't make much sense. Notice that the patient's original doctor thought the locked in syndrome was caused by an infection.
Cameron suggested that the team perform a lumbar puncture, but they were unable to complete because the patient went into cardiac arrest. I'm not sure if the lumbar puncture would have helped to diagnose leptospirosis, so I'm not awarding a point for it.

5.20 Simple Explanation

There was only supposed to be one patient this week, but instead there were two. Patient A was Eddie, dying of heart failure supposedly caused by lung cancer, and patient B was his wife who was the team's original patient.

Case A

Initial Symptoms: Man diagnosed with terminal lung cancer
Diagnosis: Blastomycosis (Cameron)

Contributions by Team
House (1): Confirmed Cameron's diagnosis
Cameron (1): Diagnosis for blastomycosis
Chase (N/A): Not part of diagnosis
Foreman (0): None
Taub (1): Observes that patients' heath were connected and used this to help them
Thirteen (0): None

Case B

Initial Symptoms: Woman with acute respiratory failure
Diagnosis: Visceral leishmaniasis (House)

Contributions by Team
House (3): Realizes patient is faking symptoms, observes muscle atrophy in left leg, diagnosis for visceral leishmaniasis
Cameron (N/A): Not part of diagnosis
Chase (1): Notices scarring on liver
Foreman (0): None
Taub (1): Sees patient has an infection
Thirteen (0): None

Cameron observed nodules on Eddie's fingers and told House that he may not have lung cancer. House investigated and determined that Cameron was correct, Eddie had a fungal infection. Cameron was awarded the Diagnosis because although she didn't identify the disease, she was the only one who recognized the patient was incorrectly diagnosed. Without her he would have died. Nice going, Eddie's original doctors.
Charlotte, patient B, died because her infection was diagnosed too late.
RIP Kutner, who committed suicide at the beginning of the episode.

5.21 Saviours

Initial Symptoms: Man unable to stand
Diagnosis: Sporotrichosis (House)

Contributions by Team
House (2): Sees swelling on patient's neck is crepitus, diagnosis for sporotrichosis
Cameron (1): Sees patient's chronic hiccups are a symptom
Chase (N/A): Not part of diagnosis
Foreman (2): Observes swelling on patient's neck, rules out bone cancer with bone biopsy
Taub (0): None
Thirteen (0): None


Cameron fully participated in the differential diagnosis and patient treatment.

5.22 House Divided

Initial Symptoms: Deaf boy with exploding head syndrome
Diagnosis: Sarcoidosis (Taub)

Contributions by Team
House (3): Discovers patient has neuropathy, idea to compare past and present brain MRIs, realizes patient has arrhythmia
Cameron (N/A): Not part of diagnosis
Chase (1): Sees nerve inflammation during brain biopsy
Foreman (1): Diagnosis for sarcoidosis
Taub (1): Diagnosis for sarcoidosis
Thirteen (0): None

House and Chase both lose points for installing a cochlear implant in the patient without consent: House for doing it, and Chase for falling for House's lies.
I may be remembering wrong but I think that Taub was the first to suggest sarcoidosis. Foreman later realized that the patient's chewing tobacco habit suppressed his immune system, hiding the symptoms. I'm therefore awarding Taub credit for the Diagnosis and Foreman credit for realizing Taub was right.

5.23 Under My Skin

Initial Symptoms: Woman with collapsed lungs
Diagnosis: Gonorrhea (House)

Contributions by Team
House (3): Diagnosis for gonorrhea, diagnosis for toxic epidermal necrolysis, idea to stop heart to obtain MRI image
Cameron (N/A): Not part of diagnosis
Chase (N/A): Not part of diagnosis
Foreman (1): Spots heart abscess on MRI
Taub (1): Idea to use vasodilators to save patient's hands and feet
Thirteen (0): None

Whose idea was it to give the patient dopamine to stabilize her so that Chase could remove the abscess? Did they say? That person gets a point.

5.24 Both Sides Now

Initial Symptoms: Man with alien hand syndrome + bloody tears + loss of sense of taste
Diagnosis: Propylene glycol poisoning

Contributions by Team
House (2): Observes that patient has liver failure, realizes source of blood clots
Cameron (N/A): Not part of diagnosis
Chase (N/A): Not part of diagnosis
Foreman (1): Suggests blood clotting issue
Taub (1): Realizes the patient has propylene glycol poisoning
Thirteen (1): Observes splinter hemorrhages underneath patient's fingernails

There's just no way around it, the patient's girlfriend diagnosed him. House's team can't claim credit for it. She suggested to Thirteen and Taub that his deodorant was causing the problem, and their research confirmed which ingredient was the culprit. I've awarded a point to Taub because it appeared that he was the one to narrow it down to propylene glycol, but it's possible he was taking the credit for Thirteen's discovery.
Wilson counseled the patient on how to handle his alien hand, and he seemed to be correct: after hearing his advice, the patient's hand never acted up again.


Featured Diseases

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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