Undiagnosed diseases are focus of new NIH programme

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 22 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1149
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington DC

    Patients who have confounded doctors with signs and symptoms that elude diagnosis are to be offered the expertise of hundreds of doctors in a unique programme from the US National Institutes of Health.

    “Physicians deal with about 6600 conditions and 6000 of them are quite rare. Even common diseases have many subtypes,” the institutes’ director Elias A Zerhouni said during a telephone news conference with reporters earlier this week. He said it was not surprising that many can go undiagnosed for years.

    The programme aims to combine the revolution in …

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