Thinking Outside the Box About Belly Pain

The cause of a teenage athlete's fever and stomach ache takes a doctor by surprise

By Mark Cohen|Sunday, February 6, 2005
The patient’s first question for me was, “Will I be able to go to football practice this Saturday?” “Well, how about if I take a look at you first, OK? What’s been going on?” I’d just seen this teenager for a sports physical a couple of months before, and I remembered how excited he was to be joining the football team for the first time. Now he sat on the table, looking somewhat peaked, as my grandmother would have said. The nurse’s note for the v...

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