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How one wrong assumption about genetic heritage put so much pain for so long on one man. Location of ancestors is not the end-all, be-all for information. Genetics are not that simple.

Then, of course, the doctor who thought he was faking (Arghhh!)

Re: Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF).

At first, this man thought he had food poisoning. It turned out to be something far worse.

By Sandra G. Boodman - The Washington Post - October 26, 2015


For nearly a year, Sank, with the help of his stepmother, a physician, struggled to determine the reason for his pain.

He saw multiple doctors, including two gastroenterologists, a kidney specialist and an infectious-disease physician. He underwent workups for reflux disease, a liver disorder, an intestinal blockage and malaria.

One doctor suspected he might be faking.

. . . said he knew of no Middle Eastern connection, Steinberg was unconvinced. “You never know what’s floating around in our blood,” he said.

It turns out that he was not the first doctor to wonder about the diagnosis. Records show that the infectious-disease specialist considered FMF but did not pursue it after Sank told him he was of European descent. . . .

. . . confirmed the diagnosis of FMF and revealed that he had inherited mutated copies of the affected gene from both parents. . . .

[Full article at link above.]

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