TV's Dr House solves real-life case

He's surly, unscrupulous and completely fictional, but TV's diagnostics wizard Dr Gregory House has actually cracked a real-life medical mystery.

The enigmatic MD from the hit US show House came to the rescue of a team of German doctors, who were flummoxed when a patient presented to their clinic with a bizarre cluster of symptoms.

For more than one year, the medicos at Philipps University Marburg clinic could find no explanation for the 55-year-old man's severe heart failure, hypothydroidism, oesophagitis, fever and worsening deafness and blindness.

Until, that was, they