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Appendicitis Complicated with Abscess In a 9 Year Old Boy with Achondroplasia

Appendicitis Complicated with Abscess In a 9 Year Old Boy with Achondroplasia
Written by Corina Butiu

Dr. Corina Butiu presents a case of appendicitis complicated with abscess in a 9 year old boy with achondroplasia. He was feverish, nauseous, had diarrhea (3-4 stools/day) and had a great desire for company.

The Case

A 9 year boy 111 cm high, was diagnosed at the age of one year with achondroplasia –a genetic condition that results in abnormally short stature and is the most common cause of short stature with disproportionately short limbs. As a baby he had a decrease in muscle tone (hypotonia). Because of his large head, compared to rest of his body, and the decreased muscle tone, he was “behind schedule” in reaching the usual motor developmental milestones. For this he was sent to me forVojta Therapy at one of year age.

Because he was getting colds every 3-4 months with high fever, I also started to give him also homeopathic treatment (Calcareacarbonica, Pulsatilla, Belladonna, Sulfur as I remember). After he turned two years, acutes were two per season.

His parents are shorter but in normal ranges. His father has diabetes, his mother is healthy and a grandmother died from breast cancer at age 70.I have not seen him the in last two years because we decided to stop the Vojta therapy, as he had started school. In the meantimehis parents took him for orthopaedic consultation in Bucharest, and they wereadvised surgery for legs.

Last summer in August I met his mother near my practice. She was sad and almost crying as her son had been hospitalized for almost a month, and he was not well.He came for a consultation on 31 August 2018. The medical report showed appendicitis complicated with abscess and the doctors had decided to give him strong antibiotics followed by appendicectomy in 6 months.

He was pale with dark rings around the eyes, He was sad and he said, “I want to get well”. He was feverish, nauseous, had diarrhoea (3-4 stools/day). He had a great desire for company which was unusual for him, as before he was an independent boy, who was not bothered staying alone.

After a repertorisation with Vithoulkas Compass, I decided to give him Phosphorus Ch 15, 10 granules in water four times, spaced at three days, and I advised his mother to write me if the fever rose.

In mid-September I was in Alonissos andreceived a short note by mail: ”It was only a short increase of fever after the first dose, and after that he was feeling better. Thank you doctor we are good now, we are getting ready to start school!”.

On 18, January, 2019 I saw him again.He was full of energy, very hot, sleeping mostly on his abdomen, and Medorrhinum was coming up as the next layer. I decided to wait, because he was well on all the levels.

His parents will discuss with the surgeon to decide the best time for appendectomy, in the next 2-3 months.

It is interesting that a boy with a genetic disorder is in group A lower level. When we started the homeopathic treatment at one year of age, he was in group B and in danger to go lower, but his mother did not want antibiotics for her baby.

I do not know what will happen after the surgery for his legs. I tried to advise them to postpone the surgery until he stops growing, but he is eager to be taller.

Here you have the X -Ray of his legs, (genu varum bilateral, length of femur: right-24.6 cm, left -24.5 and tibial bones length: right – 20.5cm, left 20.6 cm) and lumbar column hyperlordosis.

About the author

Corina Butiu

Dr. Corina Butiu – homeopath, is a graduate of the International Academy of Classical Homeopathy (IACH) and is working in the field of physical therapy. She has her own practice in Arad – Romania, where she trained in pediatric rehabilitation (Vojta therapy).


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