I had to laugh when I saw this news: fictional doctor Dr. Gregory House, from the FOX TV show House recently made a diagnosis of lupus.
I led an article with an explanation about how a running gag on the TV show is the regular misdiagnosis of lupus in patients with diseases presenting similar symptoms. A reality in that lupus is a difficult disease to diagnosis and its symptoms mimic those of many other diseases.
After four years on the air, Dr. House met his lupus patient – a magician suffering seizures and renal failure. The episode, titled “You Don’t Want to Know,” aired on Nov. 20. Though the doctor finally made the diagnosis, series producers say the “misdiagnosis” inside joke will continue for seasons to come.