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Scleroderma discussed on network TV

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#1 smac0719


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Posted 12 September 2008 - 02:02 PM

I found it interesting that on a House episode I am watching they are discussing the potential of a patient having scleroderma. Of course in "their world" all they had to do was start the patient on cyclophosphamide (said it cures most autoimmune disorders) and then draw blood work for the various auto immune diseases. So it was a little unrealistic, but I figure someone watching that episode said "hmmm I know someone with that disease" or "I want to know more". I have a friend who told me she was sending me to House while I was in the diagnosis stage. For those of you who know his character I wasn't sure if that'd be a good or bad thing. wink.gif The episode is called "Cursed" if anyone wants to do a search. Some of us might feel that's an appropriate title on many a days. laugh.gif

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 04:23 PM

Hi smac,

Missed that episode on House. Did they just show it? I saw an episode on (something) medicine a while ago. The clinic with all the women doctors, can't think of the name. They had an episode of a patient that had diffuse scleroderma. I think they did a stem cell or plasmapharesis treatment. At least it brought an awareness to the public that the disease exists. It was pretty dramatic to my recollection which is not very good lately.

I don't like the name scleroderma. They should call it sclerosis or systemic sclerosis and drop the scleroderma.

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Posted 13 September 2008 - 08:09 AM

I love HOUSE!!! They routinely mention Lupus and Scleroderma actually. Cracks me up as they've actually made a bit of a joke about Lupus because they always throw that in their differential diagnosis, because it can be so elusive. :)
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Posted 13 September 2008 - 10:06 AM

Hello All,

My sister (follicular lupus) told me that an episode of House mentioned scleroderma because I (SSc) complained that they always mention lupus as a possible diagnosis.

Needless to say I missed the episode but will keep an eye out for it.

I think any coverage of scleroderma raises its profile and can only be a good thing. Yes I know some of the stuff verges on hysterical, the only programme I have ever seen about SSc was a few weeks before my diagnosis and in it the woman dies HORRIBLY so when I heard the S word from the reumatologist I naturally thought I was a gonner too.

Definately not so.

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P.S. What happened to House after the police guy began stalking him and arrested him?
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Posted 13 September 2008 - 10:17 AM


I haven't watched House but would love to see that episode. It's about time scleroderma (I don't like the name neither) becomes a household word. (Judy, we should have a re-naming party and come up with a better name).

I am glad they're using scleroderma in their episodes. Maybe they'll go into more detail and find the cure! I love TV!

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Posted 14 September 2008 - 06:45 AM


That episode was on this past Friday. I'll do a search and see if it's coming back on soon.

Sweet - Glad to know they have referenced it on other episodes as well. I had not watched it as regular this past season. That's why I've been watching the reruns.
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