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Make the Diagnosis: Winter 2023

L.R., a 15-year-old female, presented to an emergency department with an inability to void for 13 hours, as well as lower abdominal pain.

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When a Headache Lasts for Months

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New daily persistent headache (NDPH) is a descriptive diagnosis for a headache that is constant from the start and lasts for at least 3 months. NDPH is a subtype of chronic daily headache, which occurs in at least 1.5% of children.

Make the Diagnosis: Summer 2013

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An 8-year-old male with a history of bilateral ptosis and narrow external auditory canals presented to his pediatrician with a 5-month history of decreased appetite and weight loss. He also complained of fatigue, polyuria, and polydipsia.

Make the Diagnosis: Spring 2013

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A previously healthy 16-year-old girl presents with a 1-month history of increasing sleepiness. Over the last week, she has fallen asleep even while eating, causing her family to fear that she will choke. Once asleep, she is almost impossible to wake up.