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‘We don’t have an answer yet’: Nearly 100 doctors have failed to diagnose man’s mystery illness

| | September 27, 2019
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When [Bob] Schwartz, who battles insomnia, does manage to fall asleep, he wakes up every 90 minutes to urinate copiously. Most nights he sleeps a total of four hours.

Chronic sleep deprivation is only one symptom of a consuming and debilitating constellation of problems that has astonished and baffled nearly 100 doctors around the country with whom Schwartz has consulted since 2016.

Despite his herculean efforts, the 59-year-old retired medical malpractice lawyer turned philanthropist still doesn’t have a diagnosis.

He has traveled to the Mayo Clinic twice and to the Cleveland Clinic. Last fall, Schwartz, who lives near Detroit, spent a week at the Undiagnosed Diseases Program at the National Institutes of Health. The highly selective 11-year-old effort by the nation’s preeminent research hospital is designed to diagnose the most perplexing illnesses.

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NIH doctors have identified an apparent reason for his symptoms — his veins are grossly enlarged and too stretchy — but they don’t know why or how to treat it. And they’ve never seen a similar case.

“We don’t have an answer yet,” said Donna Novacic, the attending internist at NIH’s Clinical Center.

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