Microbes That Maim

A teenager's stomachache proves a diagnostic puzzle — and a cautionary tale

By Sheri Fink|Thursday, February 01, 2001
"Here we go again," Ron Smith said with a sigh. "This is the third time we've been to the emergency room in five weeks." He nodded toward his 15-year-old daughter. "Lorna's got a stomachache. She's throwing up. The last time she came here, it was a problem with her appendix." Lorna lay on the stretcher, looking away from her father. She slid me a blasé look. "The pain you're having now," I asked, "when did it start?" "Two days ago. I thought it was from something I ate at a diner." ...

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