Idiopathic Issues

Welcome to Idiopathic Issues!

Posted by Jessica Gramlich on August 12, 2015 at 2:10 AM

Hello and welcome to Idiopathic Issues!  

Idiopathic: relating to or denoting any disease or condition that arises spontaneously or for which the cause is unknown.

I went into the veterinary medical profession excited about working with animals and performing tests and finding answers. Every patient had a mystery ready to be solved, a disease pathway to be explored, or a laboratory adventure to be taken. And sure, some days you feel like a superhero solving crimes against the body. Other days you just want to know why, why did this happen to my patient? The truth is, you are going to encounter an idiopathic diagnosis way more often in practice than you might like. The answer is often, no one knows. Kind of like no one knows why males have nipples, or why dogs eat grass or why some people don’t like chocolate. So weird. Our goal is always to find an answer, to fix our patients or at least give their owners peace of mind.

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