Beyond Achondroplasia

Growing together with Clara

CAT scan reports

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In January 2013, when Clara was 4 months, she had to do a CAT scan because her ENT doctor wanted to check on her middle and inner ears and her airway as well. And now, finally, I´ve got the CD´s with the scans.

Sleeping under ventilatory sedation

Sleeping under ventilatory sedation and cardiorespiratory monitoring, due her sleep apnea

One image frame of the 3D scan

One frame of the 3D scan where it can easily be seen her airway in black

A collection of frames of the 3D skull base

A collection of frames of the 3D skull base

More frames, but now with temporal, parietal and faciel bones shown

More frames, but now with temporal, parietal and facial bones shown

The report

The report

Translating the report, you can read the following:

Brain parenchyma without valuable focal or diffuse densiometric alterations. No relevant changes at the ventricles volume morphology, specially signs of hydrocephalus.

Permeable groove cystern spaces, with discrete prominence of the frontal-temporal extra cerebral space, this fact without particular meaning at this age group.

Reduction of the posterior fossa volume related to the smaller diameter of the occipital hole, connected with the achondroplasia diagnosis. There exists consequent diminution of the cephalorachidian fluid at the occipital hole and the skull-vertebral union, with probable modelling/compression of the bulbo medular transition, aspect more perceptible in the sagittal reconstruction.

Permeable brain sutures and the skull-cap has a slight brachicephalus configuration. …

Both middle ears with filling. Nasal fossa with regular dimensions, without relevant stenosis or choanal atresia. Sinus cavities with reduced space. Coat thickening of the cavum pharingeum with consequent reduction of the pharyngeal lumen in this airway segment.

 

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