Oct 28, 2016
As a newborn, the patient would often choke after feeds. His chest and stomach also looked like a seesaw when he would try to breath (one would go up while the other would go down). At about 8 months old, he had to be air lifted to the hospital for severe breathing issues. He was found to have vocal cord paralysis, which required a tracheostomy and ventilator.
At 11 months, the patient had a gastronomy tube (G-tube) placed to help with feeding, which was later changed to a gastrojejunal tube (GJ tube). Around this same time, a brain MRI showed nonspecific white matter changes. At 2 years, the patient began to walk independently, but an EMG did show absent/reduced motor nerve responses.
During the course of his life, the patient has had multiple hospital stays for respiratory illnesses. Developmentally, he is in the average range and is able to walk independently.
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