Articles I Have Written
- The Best Books for Kids with Hearing Loss
- Sleep Studies for Kids
- Adjusting to Hearing Aids
- Free Resources for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children
- First Steps When Baby Can't Hear
- When Baby "Refers" on the Newborn Hearing Test
- Water Sports with Hearing Aids
- What is the Newborn Hearing Screen?
- The Best Hearing Aid Accessories for Kids
- Choosing Eyeglasses for Kids
- Great Hearing Loss Simulations
Friday, July 8, 2011
Upper GI Results
After playing a bit of phone tag, I finally got the results to Nolan's Upper GI Barium study. As expected, his anatomy is entirely normal. Since barium studies are not intended to diagnose or evaluate reflux (scintiscans and pH probes are far better, and only a pH probe can diagnose the severity of an acid reflux disorder), we didn't expect to see any reflux on the X-rays. Nolan's first upper GI barium study was entirely normal, but they did manage to catch a reflux event during the most recent test.
After talking to the nurse practitioner with our ENT clinic, I found that they do Upper GI studies routinely prior to fundoplications. The pediatric surgeon needs to verify normal anatomy (or abnormal anatomy) prior to embarking upon the procedure. In addition, certain conditions (like hiatal hernias) are repaired via a fundoplication.
If (and that is a big IF) we decided to proceed with a fundoplication, the first studies are completed: we won't have to go through all these tests once we visit the pediatric surgeon (if we didn't do them now, we would have to visit the surgeon, then do the tests, and then return to the surgeon again).
In the meantime, Nolan is coughing and gagging a lot - his blasted reflux seems to get consistently worse rather than better. We can hear his stridor increasing, and he complains about getting "throw-up" in his mouth. Reflux can flair up randomly, so I'm hopeful that this recent flair will dissipate soon. Ugh.