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What do neurologists do for entertainment?
Date:4/16/2009

ogy, Patterson in pediatric neurology, Russell in neuromuscular disease and Biller in stroke. Russell is making his first appearance as an All-Star.

Even for neurologists, some of the questions can be brain teasers. A man has abdominal pain and loses skin on the palms of his hands and soles of his feet. What is the diagnosis? (Answer: arsenic neuropathy.) A 17-year-old girl falls from a horse and develops a headache. (Cerebrospinal fluid hypotension syndrome.) A lung cancer patient suffers progressive weakness and numbness in the legs. (Leptomeningeal carcinomatosis.)

And there's the occasional oddball question -- like the one about the dog with the neuromuscular disease myasthenia gravis.

"You have to have a good sense of humor," Biller said. "It's entertainment."


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Contact: Jim Ritter
jritter@lumc.edu
708-216-2445
Loyola University Health System
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