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.

 

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