The Chameleon Disease

This time it showed up as dizziness and shortness of breath. But it could have appeared as fever, weight loss, or joint pains.

By Tony Dajer|Thursday, March 01, 2001
In a packed emergency room, it's always a relief to see a straightforward case: 32-year-old male, light-headed, short of breath, vital signs normal. Stressed young go-getters from Wall Street are common in this ER. Some days it seems every other patient arrives with palpitations, dizziness, chest tightness, tingling hands, and shortness of breath. All it usually takes is an electrocardiogram, some sincere reassurance, and they're on their way. "Mr. Murphy," I said, entering the cubicle, "wha...

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