Throughout the year, Medical Daily has titillated our readers with stories of a confounding nature — the medical cases doctors could not explain. These were the scientific tales that drew gasps of fear from our writers and cries of surprise from our readers. We offer you our “Top 10 List” of the most astounding examples of when science failed to explain what exactly had gone wrong. To see the original story, simply click on the titles below:
It was common sense for doctors to perform a CAT scan on the 24-year-old woman who was admitted to a hospital in the Shandong Province of China after complaining of dizziness and nausea. After all, she reported she was unable to stand on her own until age 4 and unable to speak intelligibly until age 6. In fact, throughout her life, she told her doctors she’d suffered balance problems. Despite these slight health issues, the woman was married, with a daughter, and had functioned normally for years. Imagine the surprise — utter shock, really — when her doctors looked at the scan and identified her problem: her entire cerebellum was missing.
The Strange Case Of A Woman Who Hears Music
Imagine waking in the night hearing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Sounds pleasant enough, but what if this song plays through your mind non-stop, disturbing your every waking hour and every nightly dream? Due to a mysterious musical hallucination, Susan Root of Essex, England, endured for FOUR YEARS Patti Page’s rendition of the tune, How Much is that Doggie in the Window, though now she hears Judy Garland’s Somewhere over the Rainbow. Her husband of 40 years has to shout to get her attention because she sometimes can’t hear anything except for the song in her head.
The Strange Case Of Migraine Headaches
What causes the debilitating condition known as a migraine headache, when flashes appear before the eyes and the headaches with a repeated pounding sensation? Sadly, no one knows. “What researchers do know is that migraines are a genetic disease, in that they run in families,” Medical Daily reported. “If one parent has a history of migraines, there is approximately a 40 percent chance their child will experience them as well.” When both parents suffer, the possibility of their child dealing with these headaches jumps to over 90 percent. However, some unknown other element is at play and so, whether a person suffers from cluster, aura, or regular variety, migraines remain unaccountably strange.
The Strange Case of A Boy Who Lost His Appetite
“Exactly one year ago, Landon Jones woke up without an appetite or thirst, and now at 12 years old, his parents must force food and drink on him every day to keep him alive,” Medical Daily reported. Since that Oct. 14 morning in 2013, Jones has lost 40 pounds. Though his sense of smell and taste remain intact, these sensations do not inspire in him any desire to eat or drink. Meanwhile, his doctors continue to search for a cause to this first case of a mysterious loss of hunger, while his unfortunate parents do their best to support and help their ailing child.
The Strange Case Of A Woman Who Lost Her Pulse
A 40-year old Florida mother who underwent a routine cesarean section temporarily lost her pulse. Hardly surprising, until one more detail is mentioned: the woman had not pulse for 45 full minutes. “Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro, 40, had a normal C-section late in September. But in the recovery room, doctors began to notice she wasn’t breathing,” Medical Daily reported. During the crisis, her doctors found no mystery in what had happened to Graupera-Cassimiro: fluid from her amniotic sac had entered her bloodstream, creating a vacuum in her heart, which stopped her lung function and blood circulation. The mystery lies in just one singular fact: After reviving her, her doctors discovered the lack of blood flow to her brain left no neurological damage. A miracle?
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