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First Season Episodes ::  #109 "DNR"

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First Broadcast
House (Hugh Laurie) and Dr. James Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) discuss House's small court hearing in regard to a patient he treated in the episode "DNR" which originally aired Tuesday, Feb. 1 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Credit: Scott Humbert/FOX.
February 01, 2005
Writer / Director
David Foster / Fred Keller
The patient
John Henry Giles, musician, trumpet player, previously diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease - no tests, no treatment) and now in the hospital with pneumonia.
How House gets involved
House asks to be involved since he like's John Henry's music and isn't sure that the diagnoses of ALS is right.
The mis-diagnoses
Multifocal motoneuropathy (House talks Foreman into putting John Henry on IVIG), then Wegener's.
The privacy invasion / major ethical breach
John Henry signs a Do Not Resuscitate order but when the IVIG almost kills him, House resuscitate which is called an "attack".
The final diagnosis
Arteriovenous malformation (AVM). Intradural, compressing his spine. It wasn't ALS that caused his paralysis.
The clinic patient(s)
Diabetic patient (who didn't tell the nurses about his diabetes but which house diagnoses due to no hair on the hands and shoes that are too tight) who wants Viagra which House tells him (as he hands him a prescription), "If you've got heart disease from ignoring the diabetes they'll kill you."
Additional Information
House goes to court to insist the patient be kept alive since if he dies, House will not be able to face his accuser in an assalt case for disobeying the DNR.
Cameo Role by Musician/Actress Brandy
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