Updated 09 April 2015

What's your diagnosis? – Case 6: runner with seizures

Running is good for you, right? In this week's "What's your diagnosis?" case, we meet Mr T – a young student and avid runner – who was rushed to hospital with seizures. See if you can solve this week's case, Dr House!


Mr T, a 19-year-old engineering student with no previous medical history, was rushed to hospital after having what appeared to be an epileptic seizure.

Mr T follows a healthy daily routine – he exercises regularly, eats healthily and does not smoke or drink. He is currently preparing for a midsummer half marathon. The day before his seizure, he ran 25 kilometres. 

On his return home after his run, he started feeling nauseous and complained of sudden headaches. During the night he vomited several times, became increasingly drowsy and complained of leg cramping.

The next day, Mr T’s roommate became particularly concerned when he then started speaking incoherently. This happened just before his seizure.

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Previously on What's Your Diagnosis

What's your diagnosis? -  Case 1: vomiting and weight loss
What's your diagnosis? -  Case 2: eye pain
What's your diagnosis? -  Case 3: strange behaviour and a bullet in the back
What's your diagnosis? -  Case 4: seeing odd things
What's your diagnosis? - Case 5: mysterious lungs

Dr. Owen J. Wiese is Health24's resident doctor. After graduating from Stellenbosch University with additional qualifications in biochemistry and physiology he developed a keen interest in providing medical information through the media.


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