Childhood Diseases

Posted by: karen downie | 2011-01-12


unexplainded high fevers

My daughter is 7yrs old and for the last 4 years has been getting a high fever approximately once every 4 - 6 weeks. It is a very aggressive fever and lasts between 1 - 3 days. She also gets a very sore stomach at the same time but no diarrhoea. After many doctors visits and tests, all they have shown is a high inflammatory marker while the fever lasts. I have also noticed that she has stopped growing, has very hairy legs and becomes quite aggressive at times (not when she is sick) which is out of character. Apart from suffering with sinusitis occassionaly, she is otherwise strong and healthy. Any ideas?

Expert's Reply



You have given an excellent description of your daughter's symptoms.She has symptoms which are suggestive of an infection on the one hand with her intermittent fever and raised inflammatory markers.This appears to be a chronic infection. Has she been tested for possible malaria or for salmonella infection or for possible Malta fever? The rest of her symtoms suggest that she may have an endocrine condition possibly one affecting her adrenal glands.She should be seen in an academic paediatric department so that she can be properly diagnosed.

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