Orlando Dermatologist to appear on Discovery Channel's Mystery Diagnosis.

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It’s a disease so rare that only 100 cases have ever been reported in the United States…and Orlando Dermatologist Dr. Michael Steppie is being credited with saving lives and drawing attention to the deadly disease. After struggling for FDA approval for a drug to treat the rare disease and alert others that they may also have the condition, the man who diagnosed the Gretna woman, Dr. Michael Steppie, has succeeded in getting national attention about the disease known as CTX.

“I am so very pleased that the Discovery Channel is drawing attention to this insidious disease, because I believe there are many others out there who may also have it, but have simply been misdiagnosed.” explains Dr. Steppie.

It’s a disease so rare that only 100 cases have ever been reported in the United States…and Orlando Dermatologist Dr. Michael Steppie is being credited with saving lives and drawing attention to the deadly disease. After struggling for FDA approval for a drug to treat the rare disease and alert others that they may also have the condition, the man who diagnosed the Gretna woman, Dr. Michael Steppie, has succeeded in getting national attention about the disease known as CTX.

On April 5, 2010 at ten pm- the Discovery Health Channel’s Mystery Diagnosis show will air a story featuring Dr. Steppie and a Louisiana woman he treated entitled, “The girl who was covered in Bumps” (Episode 808)

CTX or Cerebrotendenous Xantomatosis, is so obscure and so often misdiagnosed with so many seemingly unrelated symptoms, even seasoned doctors get it wrong. To raise the stakes on getting it right, this disease is usually fatal. Dr. Michael Steppie was working at The Burkes Farber clinic in Kenner, Louisiana when he became Tina Ancar’s last hope and the only person who did correctly diagnose her.

“I am so very pleased that the Discovery Channel is drawing attention to this insidious disease, because I believe there are many others out there who may also have it, but have simply been misdiagnosed.” explains Dr. Steppie. Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Steppie and others, the FDA approved the only medicine to treat the disease in February.

(CTX) is a progressive genetic fat (lipid) storage disorder affecting the central nervous system and the skin. People with this disorder are unable to produce the enzyme required to break down certain fats; especially cholesterol. These fats then accumulate and form nodules (Xanthomas) just under the skin. Nodules can also accumulate in the fatty substance that insulates and protects the nerves, disrupting nerve signaling in the brain.

Dr. Steppie is the new President & Medical Director of Associates in Dermatology which has ten offices in the Orlando area. The practice was founded by Dr. William Steele. Dr. Steppie is board certified in Dermatology and Internal Medicine. He specializes in skin cancer and is a MOHS Micrographic Skin Cancer Surgeon. He has been honored with the distinguished American Medical Association Physician Recognition Award numerous times and was voted one of America’s Top Physicians for 2008. He also received the Patient’s Choice Award for 2008 & 2009.

VIDEO AND INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE
A video about the case entitled ‘Mystery Disease Story’ is available at http://www.vimeo.com/3291529. For interviews and more information: Dr. Michael Steppie: 407.846.7546 or Karen Boudrie 504.451.3520

ROAD TO HEALTHY SKIN TOUR 2010

As part of the Skin Cancer Association’s Road to Healthy Skin Tour 2010, Dr. Michael Steppie and Dr. William Steele will offer FREE Skin Cancer Screenings:
Saturday, April 10
and Sunday, April 11
10am-4pm
Bass Pro Mall Parking lot
5166 International Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819

AND…LAUNCHING SOON

SteppieMD Organic Anti-Aging Skin Care Line

For more information,
Visit us at: http://www.DERMORLANDO.COM
Or call        407-846-7546
Toll Free: 1-800-827-SKIN

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