GulfstreamGuy From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 647 posts, RR: 1 Posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3166 times:
My 18 month old girl, Savanna, had to be taken to the hospital for the 2nd time in 3 weeks because she had a "Spontaneous Pnemothorax" (her right lung collapsed). Today she had surgery and came through it fine.. Praise GOD!
Has anyone out there ever experienced or know of someone that this has happened to before. Our doctors our stumped as to "why" this happened to such a young girl. The doctors do know "how" it happened though. They believe it was from a rupture of a congenital cyst on her lung.
I would like to hear any input anyone may have on it.
BTW... Welcome to A.Net GulfStreamGirl..
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SWISSER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3143 times:
Glad she's ok!
I know someone who had it in high school, but he was an astma patient.
but I never heard of a healthy youngster with a collapsed lung before.
Anyway, there are med students and doctors on this forum too!
Yegmaster From Canada, joined Dec 2004, 1023 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3060 times:
I have no experience with that condition and pray that all will turn out favorable. My 6 year old daughter was born with a hole in her heart (not on common) but still worries the heck out of a father. I know how special that relationship is between a father and her little girl and my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Most likely. Many children are born with areas of the lung that either haven't developed properly or that haven't expanded (insuflated) with air after birth. These "bubbles" are prone to infection and/or to bursting, creating what is called pneumothorax. We often have to operate on them, since there is no chance of spontaneous recovery. However, when the cyst is out, the matter is solved.
Quoting DLKAPA (Reply 9): Didn't Lew just go through something similar?
Yes and no. He had a pneumothorax (air) and a hemothorax (blood), because his lung was perforated by a knife. It is similar in pathogenesis, but rather different in outcome - his condition was far more serious, having bled so much.
I am glad your daughter is on the way to recovery. Coincidently, we are operating today on a boy (6 yo) with such a congenital cyst. In his case it was an infection that led us to the diagnosis.
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2983 times:
Quoting GulfstreamGuy (Thread starter): Has anyone out there ever experienced or know of someone that this has happened to before. Our doctors our stumped as to "why" this happened to such a young girl. The doctors do know "how" it happened though. They believe it was from a rupture of a congenital cyst on her lung.
Quoting TPASXM787 (Reply 1): Thank God she came through it ok. She's way too young to have serious health issues.
I'm afraid nobody is "too young". I lost my son to a heart defect when he was 15 years old. He had the defect from birth, but it was completely non-symptomatic, and was never detected. One morning he simply did not wake up. We now know that it could have happened at any time between birth and age 20. I guess we were lucky to have 15 wonderful years with him.
Gulfstream, without wanting to make you feel paranoid, I urge you to get a few second (and third) opinions. It is best to get such second opinions from doctors who are not related in any way, shape or form to any other doctors who may be advising you. (If the doctor says, "Oh, I went to school with him", or "I went to the same school", go somewhere else). You must do everything in your power to confirm without a shadow of doubt what caused your daughter's condition, what can be done to prevent it from happening again, and what possible consequences there might be to both the condition and the treatment.