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At College Health Centers, Students Battle Misdiagnoses and Inaccessible Care

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by Jenn Abelson, Nicole Dungca, Meryl Kornfield and Andrew Ba Tran

After days of sharp pain shooting up her left abdomen, Rose Wong hobbled from her history class to the student health center at Duke University.

A nurse pressed on the 20-year-old’s belly and told her it felt like gas. Wong questioned the diagnosis but said the nurse dismissed her doubts and sent her to the campus pharmacy to pick up Gas-X that afternoon in February 2019.

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