A rare disease is defined as a disease or disorder that affects fewer than 200,000 Americans at any given time. Among these, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), are more than 175 distinct rare diseases that affect the endocrine system.Their symptoms may seem vague, which can make it challenging to determine exactly what is wrong. Such “medical mysteries” often leave physicians puzzled and patients going visiting doctor after doctor, searching for answers with no clear diagnosis. Learn more about rare endocrine disorders from the NIH's Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center.
In many cases, endocrinologists are the unsung heroes who see the pattern in a host of odd or unique symptoms. They solve the puzzles that otherwise would leave many physicians baffled and their patients suffering.
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