(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched Thursday’s episode of “Grey’s Anatomy”)
If you blinked in the midst of all the chaos of Dr. Maggie Pierce’s (Kelly McCreary) surgery, you might have missed Dr. Isaac Cross’s (Joe Adler) dramatic diagnosis: Diverticulitis.
The surgical intern was being treated by Dr. Stephanie Edwards (Jerrika Hinton) and to be honest, he came off as a little dramatic hypochondriac. Cross assumed he had symptoms that were much more serious than they actually were and demanded that all these expensive tests be run on him because he definitely had something.
At this point, Edwards was just plain annoyed by him but played along anyways because that’s her job.
Well, turns out that the dramatic doctor did actually have something. Diverticulitis.
Except that diverticulitis isn’t really that serious. According to the Mayo Clinic, it’s pretty common and there are more than 200,000 cases in the United States per year.
Sometimes small, protruding pouches — called diverticula — can form in the lining of our digestive system and don’t really cause issues unless they become infected. Which is what happened to Cross and therefore caused diverticulitis which causes nausea, abdominal pain and fever.
Unfortunately for Cross though, that’s not all he had. When Dr. Edwards and Dr. April Kepner (Sarah Drew) opened him up for surgery, they discovered that he also had abdominal tuberculosis.