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Question: Sick child

 Heaven - Tue Jan 03, 2006 7:39 pm

My friend has a 2 year old daughter. When she was an infant, she had several broken bones, and was taken by child protective services, because they suspected abuse. Hpwever, she was not abused, and her mother suspected brittle bone disease, but she was not tested for it.

Fast foward to today. She is a 2 year old girl, and is always sick with ear infections and colds. She also delayed with speaking, and is not talking at all. She has an appt. with a specialist to determine is she has a hearing problem, but that wouldn't account for the constant colds and infections.

Does anyone know what this could be, and what to do about it?
 Dr. Heba Ismail - Fri Jan 06, 2006 6:19 am

If it is true that this child has a bone disease then it is also expected for this child to be anemic, immunodeficient (which would explain the repeated infections), and with a bleeding tendency. This is because the bone marrow is where the white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets are formed.
However, there is usually a history of repeated bone fractures in case of a primary bone disease, and does not happen just once.

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