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Daughter Misdiagnosed

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 13, 2007
  • 08:27 PM

On my daughters 3rd day home she had an episode of apnea (not breathing & was blue from head to toe) while I was feeding her. She came out of it after just a few seconds and we rushed her to the hospital, she was life-flighted to the closest major childrens hospital. She had become extremely jaundiced and was unresponsive. They started her on antibiotics as a precaution and began running every test under the sun(everything but a UA). They sent her home after 2 weeks with no real explanation for the episode. She began having fevers and unconsolable crying on a monthly basis. I would take her to the doctor month after month and he would say it was probably just a cold and send us on our way (she had no cold symptoms w/ the fevers). Finally when I took her in again during another one of her fever episodes a new doctor was there(she was a 1 year and a 1/2 old at this time). He decided to run a urinalysis. It came back positive, she had a bladder infection. Because it is extremely rare for a child under age 3 to have a bladder infection he ran another test. It turned out she had urinary reflux. The valve leading to her bladder was allowing bacteria filled urine to go back up to her kidneys. The unexplained fevers were bladder/kidney infections and each one she had did damage to her kidneys. It took 1 and 1/2 years and a new set of eyes to get a diagnosis. She's fine now, she was treated with Furadantin until the problem resolved on it's own at age 2 and 1/2. The kidney damage luckily was not to severe.

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