Beyond Achondroplasia

Growing together with Clara

July 12, 2014
by inesp.alves
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Otitis media returns

The last few days have been hard for Clara. Last weekend, she had to deal with a high fever with gastritis for a couple of days. Two days later, her left ear (once again) released a large amount of effusion. … Continue reading

February 15, 2014
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A new device for treatment of persistent otitis media with effusion

Dr. Armin Bidarian Moniri, a swedish ENT doctor working in Portugal, developed a device that helps children of a younger age to balance the pressure and aerating the middle ear. The principles applied in this device toy are the Valsalva maneuver and … Continue reading

February 5, 2014
by inesp.alves

New ear tubes – bilateral tympanostomy tube surgery

Yesterday was the day for Clara to have new ear tubes. The previous ones felt off: the left one, 4 weeks ago and the right one week ago. And since the left tube came off, Clara has had almost continuous … Continue reading

Miringotomy – ear tubes

July 1, 2013 by inesp.alves | 0 comments

One week ago, Clara has also gone through a bilateral miringotomy, before the laminectomy. That way, she won´t need to me put under anesthesia in a couple of months from now again for this surgery. She had a bilateral chronic otitis, due to narrowing in her eustachian tubes. These tubes allow the middle ear to drain and to relieve pressure. Clara had effusion in both ears so they were completely filled, like shown in this animation. The reason for this was because her eustachian tubes were and are quite narrow. So, every sound that she eared wasn´t sharp, but at least, she didn´t show any sign of pain due to the otitis media. Now, hopefully, that will be quite different, for better!

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