What is the most rare medical disease ever recorded
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- What is the most rare medical disease ever recorded
- There is a data base of rare diseases but they do not say which is the rarest. ChaCha on!
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- What makes a disease or condition “unusual” or “rare” is that it is not commonly found within a given area. Even if many people within an area get a particular disease it will still be considered rare and unusual in a di…
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- A: Have they looked at mito disorders? Also, rett syndrome can cause rapid decline in boys. My daughter has RS and has many of the things you describe. I don’t understand why the DRs are so sure he does not have bigger reflux problems. My daughter screamed and screamed until we got reflux under control and there was no test they did to determine reflux, just by her symptoms.