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What Is Wrong with My Child, Doc?

Length: 3-6 hours

Discipline: Biological Sciences

Level: Advanced (majors)

Author: Tallitsch, Robert

“Tommy, a robust seven-year-old second grader is brought to the Emergency Room after experiencing a seizure on the playground during morning recess.
Tommy was apparently walking out of his school onto the playground in the company of his second grade teacher at the onset of the seizure. The seizure was not in response to any physical trauma.
The patient has never demonstrated any form of seizure in his lifetime. Mother and father, upon questioning, do not remember any instances of Tommy ‘blacking out’, even for a second or two. He has an unremarkable neurological history, no history of developmental delay and is at the top of his class in school.
Students are asked to provide a diagnosis for the patient.”

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