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About House, M.D.

House, also known as House, M.D., was a critically-acclaimed American medical drama television series created by David Shore and executively produced by film director Bryan Singer. The Emmy and Peabody award-winning medical drama debuted on the FOX Network on November 16, 2004, and aired its last episode on May 21, 2012.

For eight years the show brought in people from around the globe, bringing intrigue and mystery in the form of unusual medical cases in a vein reminiscent of the mysteries solved by Sherlock Holmes. Furthermore, these cases were the catalyst for the discussion of philosophical and ethical issues and decisions, a lot of which were not left with a clear victor, but all of which revealed more and more of the character of each of the different doctors that comprised the team each year. In the end, while the team didn't completely understand (or appreciate) House's methods fully, the show gives a final hurrah as each of the members walks away with something they realize was the right thing to do after all. Although the mantra "Everybody Lies" is proven over and over again, the concept that "people never change, they only come up with better lies" is tested up until the last moments as the characters (and the show) drive off into an adventure left to the imagination.

Everything is challenged, nothing is sacred, and the most profound revelations of life can be found within the 172 hours of television given over the course of the eight seasons of pill-popping, dripping sarcasm, dark humor, and intelligent storytelling ever to grace the small screen of the living room (or large screen, if that may be the case, but then...everybody lies). This wiki is intended for your perusal to catch up, read, make new or more complete connections on various subject matter, or perhaps relive the funny if outrageous times given to us by actor Hugh Laurie and company.


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Abigail Ralphean

Abigail Ralphean is the short-statured patient in the episode Merry Little Christmas. She is portrayed by actress Kacie Borrowman.

Medical History

The patient has genetic cartilage hair hypoplasia dwarfism, inherited from her mother, who also has the condition. She is in the 1st percentile of height for persons her age, under 4'0" tall, and more than two standard deviations below average height. Her father is of average height.

Case History

Dr. Cuddy was doing a follow up with Abigail after her surgery to correct a collapsed lung. Abigail was healing well. Dr. House dropped by to see Dr. Cuddy about a personal matter and became intrigued by Abigail's scar and he figured out it was to correct the collapsed lung. He noted there was no sign of trauma and her PPD for tuberculosis was negative. Dr. Cuddy told Dr. House it was just a bleb, but he noted that isn't really a diagnosis. She told the patient's mother that many of these cases were ideopathic, but Dr. House told the mother that this just meant that Dr. Cuddy had no idea what caused the collapsed lung. Dr. House asked to take her case.

Dr. House brought the case to his team. He told them that Abigail had an unexplained lung collapse combined with anemia. Dr. Chase noted that tuberculosis had already been ruled out. Dr. Cameron remembered that cartilage hair hypoplasia can lead to a person being immunocompromised. If this were the case, the negative PPD test was irrelevant because the test depends on the immune system recognizing tuberculosis. Dr. House proposed a gallium scan.

Dr. Cameron prepared Abigail for the test and explained that it involved the use of a radioactive isotope. However, the gallium scan showed no bright spots, which appeared to rule out an infection. However, Dr. House thought the entire scan was too bright to be normal - only the liver was darker than average. Dr. Cameron just thought the image was slightly overexposed. Dr. Foreman suggested lung cancer - a tumor caused a structural abnormality which caused the lung to collapse. Dr. House still thought the problem was with the liver, but his team disagreed with him. He tried to order an ultrasound, but that that moment Dr. Cuddy removed him as attending and suspended his hospital privileges due to another matter. Dr. Cuddy took over as attending and ordered an MRI of Abigail's lungs. ....


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House: "Is this hell? An eternity of people trying to convince me to live?"
Cameron: "Who says I'm here to convince you to live?"
―Cameron's hallucination appears in Everybody Dies
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