CrowdMed may solve mystery medical cases

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A new tool for people who have unsolved medical cases may be the answer to their mystery. A University of Texas Austin graduate has created CrowdMed, an online group where you can submit your unsolved medical case. Here’s the key: You have to do it by Wednesday.

How it works

  • Patients anonymously post their symptoms for rare, hard-to-diagnose problems.
  • Then, the site’s “medical detectives” suggest diagnoses. The medical detectives can be retired physicians, medical students or just recovering patients.
  • A patient’s case is posted for 30 days, and Crowd Med uses a system to determine the most likely diagnosis from all the comments.
  • Then, patients can print it out and take it to their doctor.
  • Doctors say it offers an interesting approach to medicine.

“Especially for the people who have those rare cases — or rare presentations — of common cases, their doctor may not be able to recognize it, whereas if they post it on a website such as this, they may actually get feedback from someone on the other side of the country who’s seen it before,” said Dr. Bradley Berg, a pediatrician with Scott & White Healthcare.

Berg cautions that while it can help you, you should take the suggestions with a grain of salt. He says sometimes we like to jump to conclusions and diagnose ourselves, so you need to be careful. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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