Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Very worried mommy | 2009/07/24


Sudden double vision and acting strange - 9 year old

Hi doc
please please can you give.

My daughter of 9 complained 3 days ago with sudden eye pain, and double vision. Her right side of her face is also very swolen. my first toughts were mumps but she has no pain.

I took her to the GP immediately who prescribed antibiotics, the next day I was not happy with her behaviour as she lifts her chin up to the right side when she walks and talks. She also act strange almost like she is not looking me in the eyes when i talk to her, she also seems very lethargic, and when she walks it looks like she is not moving her arms.

I did take her to the pediatrician today who could not find anything wrong with her, besides the swollen right side of her face, but he does not know her the way i do, and i know this is not the way she is suppose to act, i just feel there is something wrong.

I am so worried, can i demand a MRI scan from the pediatrician? i am not sure where to go from here

please please...i need advice

Expert's Reply



I fully agree with you and in particular I am concerned that your daughter may have an abscess in a sinus close to her eye. This is called a cavernous sinus abscess. She needs a CT scan or MRI urgently. Please take her to an Emergency Paediatric Unit so that she can be properly investigated. This is urgent.

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