I have a 2-year old nephew who went through an aorta heart surgery and unfortunately could not stand and walk since then (3 months ago). We were told that due to lack of blood circulation to spinal cord, spinal infaction has happened. We were told there is no surgery or medication to fix the problem and it may take 12 to 18 months for the kid to be able to walk although that may not be 100% recovery (e.g. using a walker)although the fact that the patient is a kid and the spinal cord is developing might be a major factor for recovery. The kid is now under intense physiotherapy and since the surgery, we have noticed many improvements such as moving the toes, start moving on the knees and even standing in a pool of water. Can someone suggest a course of treatment other than physiotherapy? do you think the recovery will be full or partial? whatever suggestions to help us on this situation will be highly qappreciated.
I have attahced the latest THORACIC/LUMBER MRI results below:
An elongated T1W hypointense and T2W hyperintense area can be seen in the lower dorsal cord at the D10,D11 AND D12 vertebrae ,which shows no enhancement after a contrast injection.
The possibility of a myelomalacia should be considered. Other portions of the spinal cord show normal shape and signal. Discovertebral structures appear normal.General dimensions of the tecal sac and neural canal are within normal limits
There is no clear evidence of neoplastic mass lesions in the intra and extradural spaces.Bilateral intervertebral foraminae are normal and symmetric.There is no evidence of abnormal enhancement in the other intra and extradural structures.