November 25th, 2012 · Leave a Comment
Hasan Hosein was playing a competitive game of cricket when he began to feel unwell. But the 17-year-old from Trinidad, one of the most southern islands of the Caribbean, dismissed his weakness and headache, attributing his symptoms to the effects of traditional fasting for Ramadan.
"During this month, I typically feel weak during the day when I don't eat or drink," explains Hasan, "So I was feeling pretty normal for Ramadan."
When he collapsed on the field, Hasan's family first assumed he was dehydrated. But doctors soon diagnosed a serious kidney disorder, one that couldn't be treated with drugs. Hasan was in end-stage renal failure. Read the rest of this entry »
November 25th, 2012 · 1 Comment
When doctors in Mexico City diagnosed Mauricio Perez-Olegaray with liver cirrhosis, he thought the condition was the result of earlier alcohol consumption and a genetic predisposition. But at Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn., doctors discovered instead the silent progress of hepatitis C. For the next six years, a team of Mayo Clinic specialists cared for Perez, managing his symptoms with medication while monitoring his condition closely for any sign of the liver cancer that can be caused by the virus. When tumors were detected in the liver, Perez's name was added to the liver transplant waiting list while doctors used chemoembolization to shrink the tumors and prevent them spreading outside the liver. Read the rest of this entry »