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Genuine Erdheim-Chester Disease
Pathology
Type

Blood disease

Cause(s)

Unknown

Symptoms

Bone pain, watery urine, bulging eyes, yellow tinge to tendons, ataxia, shortness of breath

Mortality Rate

Low

Treatments

Surgery, steroids, interferon, chemotherapy, radiation therapy

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Erdheim-Chester Disease is a type of histiocytosis. Although it is quite rare, it tends to affect people in middle age, with the average age of the onset of symptoms being 53. Misshapen and fat filled cells invade the bone marrow and the long bones, causing pain and other complications. It is difficult and expensive to treat, and is not curable.

Erdheim-Chester disease at Wikipedia

House's Erdheim-Chester Disease
Pathology
Type

Gastrointestinal - systemic

Cause(s)

Unknown

Symptoms

Bloody diarrhea, ataxia, kidney failure, liver failure

Mortality Rate

Inevitably fatal if untreated

Treatments

Unknown

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Appearances

All In

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As a fictional disease depicted in All In, Erdheim-Chester Disease is a very rare disease with fewer than 300 reported cases. It first attacks the digestive tract, causing bloody diarrhea, but during its early stages cannot be confirmed by a biopsy of the large intestine. It next causes neurological damage, leading to ataxia. Next, the kidney and liver fail. Death generally occurs within 12 hours of the onset of the first symptoms. However, if diagnosed quickly, the disease can be treated and reversed.

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