Feb 17, 2022
The participant was born via C-section at 38 weeks old. Shortly after birth, he had jaundice and twisting of the neck (torticollis). As a toddler, his speech and other developmental milestones were delayed. He also had frequent nosebleeds as a child.
He developed chronic eczema at around 5 months old and has had frequent flare-ups throughout his life with no known triggers. He has severe allergies and frequent skin infections which are helped by IVIG infusions. At age 8, he was clinically diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis type 1 based on skin findings (café au lait spots, axillary freckling). Later, he developed a tumor under his eye (plexiform neurofibroma) that caused drooping of the eyelid (ptosis). Genetic testing for the NF1 gene was negative.
The patient has autism and lives with chronic fatigue, migraines, ADD, and anxiety. He sees a speech therapist, physical therapist, and occupational therapist for support. He has many allergies to both foods and environmental agents that he carries an epi-pen for.
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