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Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Why do we see zebras when reading about rare and invisible conditions like EDS?

Good question... 

In medical school, students are taught to diagnose patients based on the condition that’s most likely.  This makes sense.  Why attempt to diagnose something rare when the answer is right under your nose? This idea goes along with the saying: When you hear hoof beats, think horses, not zebras. The horses are the likely explanation, and the zebras are less likely. A medical zebra, then, is a person with a rare medical condition. As you may have guessed, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is considered rare.

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