7-Year-old girl discovers rare condition in the brain after eye examination
At all stages of life, medical monitoring is essential to keep health up to date. In addition, routine exams help diagnose diseases and detect health problems in individuals with no symptoms.
What began as a simple routine eye exam quickly became the worst nightmare for an Australian family. beginning of the 2017 school year, Lauren Tyrrell decided to take the three daughters to a standard ophthalmic examination. However, to her mother's surprise, the doctor found abnormal pressure behind the eyes of Alexis, age 7. "The doctors decided that she should consult some experts because swelling behind the optic nerve can be dangerous, so they wanted to do an MRI to see if it was anything serious, "the mother told People.
After the MRI, the doctors told the family that the girl needed surgery on the brain right away. According to Lauren, Alexis was diagnosed with Arnold-Chiari Malformation, a condition in which the brain tissue grows in the spinal canal, causing part of the skull to push the brain and force it down. "We were devastated. We did not expect that she would have to be taken to a surgery. When they told us, we thought we would have a week or two to prepare, but after two hours they were already taking Alexis to surgery. " Alexis's mother revealed that giving the news to her daughter was one of the hardest things she had to do: "We really did not say anything to her because we knew she was going to freak out." When we got ready, she asked what was going on and because there were people everywhere.Then I said, 'They're going to do a little operation on your head.' "We had a healthy child and all of a sudden they were telling us that something was wrong."
Alexis was submet going to his first brain surgery on July 7, 2017, and his second just three days later. Months after the proceedings, Lauren says she's still shocked by the situation, given that her daughter has always been a healthy girl.
"We're just living every day, we do not look too far forward, we just wait and see. just lucky and grateful for what we have now, so we try not to look too far forward. "
A report published by the World Health Organization informs that Brazil has 68 , 4 babies born to teenage mothers for every thousand girls between 15 and 19 years old. The rate in Latin America and the Caribbean is 65.5 births, surpassed only by sub-Saharan Africa. The analysis shows that the worldwide adolescent pregnancy rate is estimated at 46 births per 1 thousand girls aged 15 to 19, while the rate in Latin America and the Caribbean is estimated at 65.
The growth process is complex and involves genetic, endocrine, nutritional and psychosocial aspects. However, it is generally possible to recognize and predict a pattern of linear growth and weight gain during childhood and adolescence. Monitoring the growth and health of children and adolescents through nutritional status assessment is an essential tool for the prevention and diagnosis of nutritional disorders such as malnutrition.