Have Q's about 4yr. girl with swollen neck glands and her blood work
My daughter has been battling a neck problem for the past 2 years that we know of. She has had chronic colds, sinus infections. She had bronchitis at 3 mos. which prompted her to be on breathing treatments 3x day for about 6 mos. When she was about 2 she started developing this lump on the mid to right side of her neck. It was about the size of a golf ball under the skin and it actually looked like a goiter. They treated her for it but it has never completely went away now she gets what looks like a fat pad across her neck and it always swells worse when she gets sick. She has had a hard time swollowing her food and is occassionally vomiting. Laryngoscopy, Endoscopy(with biopsy), X-rays show nothing abnormal and her adenoids are only +2. Her blood work shows that her Monocytes are increasing with each blood draw and her lymphocytes are decreasing they're now 54 for monocytes and lymphocytes are 34. Both above and below the ranges and no one has mentioned it. Her RBC and WBC have been fairly normal levels. They are thinking maybe histoplasmosis but I'm not convinced. She has also had an occassional spike in AST levels. I'm at a loss for where to go next. I am concerned she has a serious underlying medical condition. Should I be concerned her with levels? She has had 4-6 blood draws since Dec. 2010 and the Monocytes are not coming down and the lymphocytes are not coming up. Could this be infection still or something more serious such as cancer? Please help and any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you.
Hi, I don't know offhand what the ref ranges are, but if her numbers are only slightly out of range, that'd probably be why they're not stressing that.
As far as malignancy, the one to look at would probably be JMML https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juvenile_myelomonocytic_leukemia
but that is very rare, so therefore unlikely. However, that page also has a differential diagnosis list, which "includes infectious diseases like Epstein-Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, human herpesvirus 6, histoplasma, mycobacteria, and toxoplasma". I'd guess they're focusing on histoplasmosis because of the breathing involvement and also on wherever you live.
As a different example, even flu could also cause monocytosis, lymphopenia and the breathing problems, (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20133186) but then wouldn't last so long. (Not everyone gets fever, anyway.) So that list includes instead long lasting viruses.
When you say "They treated her for it", what treatment was that?
One possibility that occurs to me is that she might have some lymphocyte immunodeficiency, and everything else comes secondary to that - she gets infections, monocytes increase, nodes swell etc. E.g.: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idiopathic_CD4-Positive
but that's also rare.
They treated her for a goiter when her neck was really swollen and with that they just had me go to a health store and buy a really expensive multivitamin. The extreme swelling hasn't happened for awhile but she is still complaining of pain in that one area of her neck which is just on the inside of her sternoclydomastoid towards her thyroid side. She does get colds constantly and sinus infections constantly. But she doesn't have a history of fevers. So maybe an infectious disease doctor is the way to go?
Was she having only sea salt? (As you might know, that has no added iodine, and neither does the salt in processed foods. In fact, there has been an increase in babies born with thyroid problems since sea salt became popular and mothers were misled that 'natural' is always better.)
Anyway, since giving iodine worked (and since she received no treatment for autoimmune thyroiditis), we can assume the goiter arose from thyroid deficiency. The thyroid does not always go down completely after that, btw.
Regular Iodized table salt is what we use, and I know I never used sea salt at all. T4 9.4, T4 Free 1.34, and TSH 1.900. That's as of January they haven't checked since. They haven't really diagnosed anything with her nor really treated her for anything related to this it's always been watch her and come back if it gets worse. I have to correct myself on some of her labs. Eo% has been at 3 and 4 %, Monocytes are around 6, Neutrophils are 57, and lymphocytes are 34. Her MVP has also been borde borderline low 7.2?! Not sure what that is? She drinks like a horse she's constantly thirsty, and she has told me she is tired all the time. Has complained of frequent headaches, and just watching her play with the other kids she does tire out more quickly than the others. Not sure if that helps anything or is relevant.
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