Medical Mysteries 2003 | TV Show Watchlist
An examination of puzzling and unusual medical cases and conditions.
Premiered: February 8, 2003
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The Real 'Bionic Woman': Claudia Mitchell looks like an average twenty-something college student; in reality she's anything but. Four years ago she lost her left arm in a motorcycle accident and refused to live the rest of her life without it. No Fingerprints: Imagine going through life without leaving a trace - literally having no fingerprints. To a thief it might sound like a dream -- but it's reality for people living with a rare form of what's called Ectodermal Dysplasia. When Stroke Inspires Hyper Creativity: How could a relatively common occurrence like a stroke unleash an unceasing and uncontrollable burst of creativity? From a chiropractor who becomes a painter whose work sells for thousands to a blue-collar worker who becomes a poet and can't stop writing, we report on people who experience this creative compulsion and what causes it. You Be The Doctor:This hour also features a medical mystery, designed for viewer participation.
Tree Man: ''Primetime'' examines one man in Indonesia who looks as though he is turning into a tree. His hands and feet are 15 inches around and look like roots, while ''bark'' covers his body. Surfer's Myelopathy: ''Primetime'' reports on a mysterious and terrifying threat that could be lurking for beginner surfers -- not under the water, but in their own bodies. Muir speaks with two men who tried surfing for the first time on a beach vacation and became paralyzed from the waist down because of a rare complication known as Surfer's Myelopathy. Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome: Imagine a woman who is feminine, attractive, and has always considered herself female, but as a teenager knew something was off. When she fails to get her period during adolescence, doctors discover that she has no uterus, no ovaries, but rather testicles, inside her body. Genetically, she's a boy, but despite her male chromosomes, she has more estrogen than most women. You Be The Doctor: The hour will also feature a medical mystery designed for viewer participation.
Sometimes 19-year-old Katie O'Brien has the sensation that she's living in a world shrunk to the proportions of a doll house. At other times everyday objects seem strangely large. Plus: Imagine having a disorder so severe and debilitating that you ask doctors to conduct a surgical experiment on your brain. ''Primetime'' reports on two men who undergo a radical procedure in hopes of a life-changing improvement from Tourette's syndrome. Also: John Quiñones reports on 23-year-old Danny Ramos Gomez of Mexico who, since birth, has excessive hair all over his body due to a condition called hypertrichosis. As children, Danny and his brother -- who also suffers from the same condition -- were exhibited in cages and gawked at. Despite his suffering and humiliation, Danny has learned to live with his unique appearance and tells Quiñones he would never cut his hair. You Be The Doctor: The hour will also feature a medical mystery designed for viewer participation.
Locked In Syndrome: Imagine lying completely paralyzed yet fully conscious, but doctors and loved ones think you are a vegetable. The only way of telling people you are present, the blink of an eye. Lobster Claw Syndrome: Don Dahler reports on Ectrodactyly Syndrome, where people have missing or fused-together fingers and toes. The congenital deformity, which used be known as 'lobster claw syndrome,' has a 50/50 chance of being passed on genetically. An Against the Odds Italian Village: Jay Schadler reports on a tiny village in the Italian Alps where almost all of the 400 residents are related. Their cholesterol is sky-high, their blood sugar is off the charts, yet heart disease and diabetes are almost unknown. Doctors are trying to find out why. You Be The Doctor: The hour will also feature a medical mystery designed for viewer participation.
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