PSYCHOLOGY

Doctors Were Treating A 7-Year-Old Girl For Migraine And Stumbled Upon A Huge Neoplasm In Her Brain

Date July 15, 2019 15:22

When a child gets sick, every parent dreams of alleviating his or her suffering and restoring health as quickly as possible. We usually refuse to believe that the disease can be serious. Moreover, sometimes, even doctors can’t immediately determine what is bothering the child.

In April 2019, concerned, Irene Knight shared an unusual story of her 7-year-old daughter, Roxy. Back in 2018, the girl complained of sudden severe headaches, which significantly worsened the quality of her life. Roxy couldn’t sleep at night and began to lose her appetite. Irene resorted to doctors several times, and they all suspected a migraine in the child.

Along with the prescribed treatment, Knight was asked to keep a diary of her condition. Fortunately, one of the specialists decided to conduct an ophthalmologic examination. It turned out there was a tumor the size of a golf ball in her brain.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any evidence why the girl wasn’t examined more thoroughly (EEG, MRI). The Sun reported that after successful surgery, Roxy was quickly getting better.

A tumor in or near the brain tissue is an abnormal cluster of cells, either benign or malignant. Treatment and its effectiveness depend on the type of formation and the stage of its detection. However, children’s and adult’s recovery processes are different. So, it is essential to contact a pediatrician specializing in oncology in case of the slightest suspicion.

Symptoms of brain neoplasm in a child:

  • headaches that become more severe and frequent over time;

  • feeling of increased pressure in the intracranial area;

  • nausea or vomiting of unclear origin;

  • eye problems, including chaotic eye movement, or speech;

  • lack of coordination and ability to maintain balance;

  • difficulty swallowing;

  • loss of sensation in the limbs;

  • change in the sharpness of hearing;

  • memory problems;

  • facial changes resembling tissue prolapse or paralysis;

  • loss of appetite;

  • convulsions;

  • drowsiness;

  • teeth marks on the tongue or bitten cheek;

  • changes in behavior and mood;

  • increase in head size;

  • bulging fontanelle (soft spot) in infants.

    In Roxy’s situation, a ophthalmologic examination played a decisive role, as the mother wasn’t sure that the original diagnosis was correct. Many symptoms that are characteristic to neoplasms in children’s brains are often signs of less serious ailments. But if you have any doubts, insist on re-diagnosis, including examining the fundus by an ophthalmologist, followed by MRI and EEG. With timely detection, even major malignant tumors are successfully treated.


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