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Forum Name: Pediatric Topics
|fox1 - Mon Nov 21, 2005 11:20 am||
My son who is 5-1/2 years old occassionally complains about a sensation like a "bubble bursting" at the back left side of his head. This has been happening for about 3 months and about 2-3 times in 2 days. This is a momentary sensation and does not persist.
Couple of questions -
1. Has anybody come accross something similar? Any idea what it maybe?
2. Our pediatrician is not unduly concerned but has suggested that maybe we can get an MRI done? Should we get an opinoin from a neurologist?
3. Is an MRI safe for children?
Thanks & regards
|Dr. Heba Ismail - Thu Nov 24, 2005 7:32 am||
It could be a headache and this is your son's way of describing it.
Now, there are several causes for headaches, most of which can be excluded by simple clinical examination and tests, before requesting an MRI.
These include measuring blood pressure, examination of visual acuity, and examination for sinusitis and ear problems.
Headaches are considered serious when it awakens the child while asleep, is accompanied by early morning vomiting and blurring of vision. It is also markedly worsened by straining such as during coughing. These symptoms warrant the need for an MRI.
However, if an MRI has already been ordered, then well and good. It is definitely safe for children of all ages, and would exclude the possibility of any serious underlying cause.
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