Because of my shoulder surger it is hard to type. So I am going to post an email my husband and I sent to a Neurologist but have not received anything from him. I am scheduled for emg and other test soon but this is really getting to me. I was wondering if anyone can let me know if this could be perminent. This is lasting a long time and I am hoping it goes away soon.
My name is Aaron Dickerson and I am writing to you in the hopes that you can give my wife and I some guidance on which direction we should go. Evonne, my wife, recently had surgery on her left shoulder to have some calcification removed from the socket. The surgery was on April 8th. The procedure was performed at Naval Hospital Oak Harbor as a same day procedure. Immediately following the surgery, she lost complete control of the right side of her tongue. There is some obvious deviation in the tongue, and here ability to speak and eat has been severely affected. Through research of my own, I read about Tapia Syndrome and provided that information to the Anesthesia department at the Naval Hospital. I know that Tapia Syndrome (at least the case that I read about on-line) also affects the vocal chords. In my wife's case, those have not been affected. We asked Dr Willock, the senior Anesthesiologist on staff at the hospital if he had ever seen a case like this. He stated that he had seen a couple of similar cases, but neither of those had the obvious deviation of the tongue that my wife has. He was going to start her on a steroid treatment, but could not provide my wife any answers as to why this was happening, or how long it would last, so she asked to be sent to a Neurologist. We went to see Dr Robert Price in Everett on the 13th of April for an initial consultation. His analysis was that the nerve was somehow injured during the surgery and wants us to wait another 2 weeks before he performs an EMG to see the extent of the damage. Following our visit to Dr Price, I spoke with a family friend, who is an Anesthetist. He explained to me that the most likely cause of Evonne's injury was a misalignment of the head/neck after they rolled her onto her right side after intubation.
We are aware that this complication is very rare, and we are just looking for answers. I don't think anyone at the Naval Hospital knows what to tell us because they simply have not seen anything like this before. We were just hoping that in your experiences, you may have seen this before and could possibly give us some guidance.