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Default Teen diagnoses her own disease in science class

And she's heading to nursing school in the fall!

For eight years, Jessica Terry suffered from stomach pain so horrible, it brought her to her knees. The pain, along with diarrhea, vomiting and fever, made her so sick, she lost weight and often had to miss school.

Her doctors, no matter how hard they tried, couldn't figure out the cause of Jessica's abdominal distress.

Then one day in January, Terry, 18, figured it out on her own.
In her Advanced Placement high school science class, she was looking under the microscope at slides of her own intestinal tissue -- slides her pathologist had said were completely normal -- and spotted an area of inflamed tissue called a granuloma, a clear indication that she had Crohn's disease.
"It's weird I had to solve my own medical problem," Terry told CNN affiliate KOMO in Seattle, Washington. "There were just no answers anywhere. ... I was always sick."
http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/06/11...sis/index.html
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Old 06-11-2009, 04:38 PM
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It's especially weird since Crohn's should be easy to diagnose with scopes.
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I just read that. What an amazing story.
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shtnur Cool story.
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Wow! Poor kid!
Hope her doctors are hanging their heads in shame...probably not...
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She will be a great asset to the health care field. I would not be suprised if she went on to med school.
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Not to take away from that high school kid's discovery, but why the heck couldn't her (multiple) doctors figure this out?!? Crohn's isn't exactly a secret disorder! th_wait3
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Wonder if she has a family member who's headed to law school?
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