Posted by: CHERYL OPENSHAW | 2009-09-28


My daughter is 11. She has been sick in excess of 5 weeks. She has been in hospital for 15 days but still no diagnosis. Extensive Blood works have been done but all returned negative results. Tested for TB, Swine Flu, Tick bite fever, Hipititus, Coxacci, allergies, etc. Symptoms : high fever (which has gone now - lasted 5 days), on/off rash covering entire body, constant dry cough (bark), loss of appetite, permanent headache, sore/red eyes, swelling behind right ear which is increasing in size, occassional vomiting, occassional nose bleeds, hiccups up to 2x per day. On x-raying her chest, there is pneumonia but doc says when listening to her chest, it is clear. Microplasma come back 3 x pneumonia but doc insists chest clear. At my wits end. Need some help please.

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Unfortunately, this is a more complicated case and I suggest that you get a second opinion from a paediatrician. The question should be asked if other factors like cancer, auto-immune disease, poisoning and obscure infection are causing her symptoms.

Please keep me updated.


Dr Anrich Burger

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