An infectious disease specialist at Johns Hopkins had ruled out Leukemia and Lyme disease for our member, but could not immediately determine a diagnosis.

Without PinnacleCare’s encouragement for a 2nd and 3rd opinion, and then a rapid appointment with a neurologist, our member might have succumbed to an undiagnosed, potentially fatal disorder.

Before he even had his follow-up appointment, our member began developing new symptoms: numbness in his feet, hands and parts of his arms and legs. We now felt the member should see a neurologist. We were able to secure an appointment within the week, on the same day as his follow-up infectious disease appointment.

Upon evaluating the member, the neurologist finally diagnosed him with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a disorder in which the immune system attacks the peripheral nerves. The member needed to begin treatment immediately, and through our Johns Hopkins contacts we found an available bed and he began receiving treatment that night, with a good prognosis.

Following our member’s discharge, the neurologist told us he felt that if the member had waited any longer, his diagnosis would have been life-threatening. Without PinnacleCare’s encouragement for a 2nd and 3rd opinion, and then a rapid appointment with a neurologist, our member might have succumbed to an undiagnosed, potentially fatal disorder.

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