Beyond Achondroplasia

Growing together with Clara

Anual MRI

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Since the surprise from the results of the first MRI, when Clara was 9 months old, that anxiety was always there on the other two times Clara was submitted to this exam.

The sedation procedure with inhalatory anesthetic is smooth and painless for her. This time, the anesthesiologist inserted a flexible airway tube in one of her nostrils just for precaution, preventing any airway obstruction during sedation.

Sevoflurane is the inhalatory agent used and it has properties which make it good indication for outpatient pediatric anesthesia. It usually produces a shorter induction and recovery time too. It took about 20 minutes for her to wake up after a 45 minutes exam under sedation, the time to do the MRI.

This MRI exam evaluated her craniocervical junction and her thoracic and lumbar spine, to check any signs of medullar compression. This is after she gained the hability to walk, there for, changing the kyphosis (photo of February 2014, with 18months) to a lumbar lordosis (2 years-old).


So, even fasting, but not for that long (because the MRI was scheduled early in the morning) Clara was cheerful and wiling to draw and see everything around her. And all her great mood just helped to cope with the inner stress of the situation, although we might think that is just “another ride in the park” now, each time she has to be submitted to this type of exams.

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Entering the MRI room, already familiar by now.

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Recovery period after the MRI. Still with the nasal tube inside her nostril.

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After waking up, she just wanted cuddles. And eat! But first, she wanted to put by herself some saline into her nose after removing the tube. Still a bit dizzy from sedation.

We will get the results next week.

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