On House, MD, there was a running gag were for every case, someone would suggest that it could be a specific disease but it never was (I can’t remember if it ever turned out to be the case).

I knew it not to long ago, but seem to have completely forgotten it now. I keep wanting to say polio, but that doesn’t seem to be right, and Googling it is not turning up anything because most people don’t bother with the “MD”, so searching for house "it could be" or even house md running joke "could be" aren’t very helpful.

What was the disease that they always suggest it might be? Bonus points if you know if it ever turned out to be correct.

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    Lupis, and it actually did happen in one episode.
    – Tablemaker
    Aug 13, 2013 at 16:20
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    I always thought Sarcoidosis was the failing diagnosis submitted most. I seem to remember a website that tracked the diagnoses of the episode of the previous night. UPDATE: Polite Dissent
    – wbogacz
    Aug 13, 2013 at 16:47
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    UPDATE2: I did a rough search on the website above. Lupus count = 70, Sarcoidosis = 44
    – wbogacz
    Aug 13, 2013 at 16:55
  • @wbogacz. Hmm, I remember sarcoidosis a lot as well. Thanks for the link.
    – Synetech
    Aug 13, 2013 at 19:07
  • @TylerShads, you’re right. I’d say that now that I know which one it was, it would be easier to look up which episode it actually was lupus, but that’s still a challenge since every almost episode mentioned it. :-/
    – Synetech
    Aug 13, 2013 at 19:09

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It was Lupus, and in one episode it actually was Lupus, which the characters commented on as being surprising.

Doing a google search for house it's never lupus gets you tons of hits, including to the Know your meme page.

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    Ah yes, that’s it. I was kind of close with polio, it had an l and p. Doing a google search for house it's never lupus gets you tons of hits. That requires knowing it’s lupus, plus it’s backwards, I remember it as it could be not it’s never.
    – Synetech
    Aug 13, 2013 at 19:06
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    "That requires knowing it’s lupus, plus it’s backwards" - Yeah, but this sentence wasn't ever meant as a "you should have googled better"-complaint, but a simple "look, here's more proof of what I'm saying"-assurance.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Aug 21, 2013 at 1:01

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