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Question:

My 6-year-old son is in remission for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (Burkitt's) and also he has pre-hepatic portal hypertension likely caused by the chemotherapy or the large tumor that was in his abdomen.

He had a scary incident at school the other day in which he felt dizzy, had blurry vision, a headache, and severe shakes. I was alarmed when I saw him and arranged for an appointment at the medical clinic promptly. His shakes stopped after a while and he seemed much better. He was very hungry, but had eaten breakfast only two hours prior. He seems hungry like this a lot lately. And indeed, he felt much better after he ate. The doctor also noticed that his lips were parched. He did have a mild ear infection (which happens a lot), and some blood work done because of his medical history. I told the doctor not to do too much because he would have more extensive lab work at children's hospital next week.

I find it hard to believe that he could have something else seriously wrong with him, but I wonder if it may be true that he is showing signs of diabetes. I like to stay informed with his health and I believe that has helped in the past when he was seriously ill with his cancer.

Answer:

Your son should get a blood sugar checked. Sometimes kids get secondary diabetes temporarily from chemotherapy.

Your son's symptoms also seem to be consistent with a severe ear infection and/or side effects of chemo. Since you've already plugged into specialists at a children's hospital, express your concerns and follow your medical team's advice.

SS

Original posting 25 Oct 97

  
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