Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today. Was she examined by a pediatrician, a nurse practitioner, etc?
she was examined at our family practice i suppose he was a pediatrian
Ok. I am a retina surgeon and as such I deal with the "bad" things in kids that cause an abnormal red reflex.
I can tell you the conditions that can cause loss of the red reflex in a week old baby but, unfortunately, I don't think this will do much to make your daughter feel much better :(
What would you like to know?
yes, i would like to know
You want the differential diagnosis list?
Well, it can be caused by a cataract, retinoblastoma (a bad tumor), retinal detachment, retinopathy of prematurity (unlikely if she was full term and healthy), diseases such as Coat's disease, an infection such as toxocariasis, a retinal coloboma, myelinated nerve fiber layers...ect.
And it could also be that the doctor is looking at her normal optic nerve head and everything is OK.
As you can see, the list is extensive. It contains everything from the life threatening (retinoblastoma) to the not so bad (cataract) to the normal (looking at the optic nerve).
The botXXXXX XXXXXne is that your granddaughter needs to be examined by a pediatric ophthalmologist sooner rather then later.
she has her specialist appointment scheduled for monday morning is that soon
As a father of 5 children myself I would have a very hard time sitting around waiting for Monday to come......
In the vast majority of conditions above, waiting until Monday will not really be of any concern.....but if you could become a major "squeeky wheel" and get her seen earlier the weekend might be a bit easier to take.....
should we take her to the local childrens hospital emergrncy room instead of waiting until monday
No. An examination in the ER will not be of much value. She needs to be seen by a pediatric ophthalmologist in her office where she has all of her equipment and toys close at hand.
ok thank you prayerfully kaylens condition is on the not so back end
I'd just call the office and ask if there is any way your granddaughter can get in today or tomorrow or if they can recommend another pediatric ophthalmologist in town who is not too busy as you are very concerned and waiting is driving you nuts. If they just can't get you in then, in the scheme of things, you have done your very best and 4 days delay isn't really all that long.....
Does this make sense to you?
Try not to tell your Daughter all the bad things I've told you it might be......ok?
This weekend is going to be tough enough for her as it is :(
no i will not i'm one who just likes to be well informed and now i know how to pray thank you
My pleasure. Take care.
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