Diagnoses you never thought you'd see? - page 10

What's the most unusual patient you've ever had? I've had a couple--one was a woman whose admit orders included that she was NOT to have any food from home. They suspected that her husband was... Read More

  1. by   carolmaccas66
    Quote from BackfromRetirement
    So inner-ear and r/o ataxia were eliminated?
    From what I can remember (this was 20 odd years ago), she had seen every specialist and had every test done known to man. Maybe stress caused it?
  2. by   marielina85
    awesome thread....im still too green to have seen any of these abnormalities but maybe one day.
  3. by   Penelope_Pitstop
    Quote from BackfromRetirement
    Cellulitis of the face.
    [FONT="Lucida Sans Unicode"]I have seen that several times, actually.

    Something I never thought I would see - Munchausen's. I figured I'd encounter Muchnausen's By Proxy at some point (which I haven't personally, but an RN at the local children's hospital is in jail for injecting her son with feces!), but for some reason never thought I would see Munchausen's itself.

    It was a patient younger than I am, who had brittle diabetes to begin with, so he would cut himself and stick things in his wounds to get infections, skip his insulin and eat whatever. He also put foreign bodies in his eyes and one time tried to remove his own eye with a spoon (while on a MedSurg floor!) After that he became an automatic sitter case during every admission.
  4. by   Not_A_Hat_Person
    During my pedi rotation, one of my patients had Trisomy 13. He was in his 20s; the longest reported lifespan is 35.

    Some of my classmates cared for an infant that was born with Transposition of the Great Arteries.

    Quote from Simplepleasures
    The other thing I've witnessed was breast CA, that had grown so large it broke through the skin, it was really awful, but the dear old lady did not seem to be in any discomfort, strange, huh?
    I've seen this, too. The woman said her cancer bled now and then, but it never hurt.
  5. by   FlyingScot
    Botulism! I used to work in a tertiary pediatric center so I've seen almost everything that has been listed here and more but I never expected botulism! We had an old-timey pediatrician who thought Karo syrup was an excellent laxative for infants. Um...not so much.
  6. by   ittybabyRN
    anencephaly, beautiful baby boy born with half his skull/scalp missing...for some reason the OSH decided he should be transported to us (large pediatric hospital) but I think it just gave the family a false hope, not much you can do when born with half your brain exposed, he died a few days later.

    Baby boy born with his intestines and part of his stomach in his scrotum! An inguinal hernia that must have occurred very early on in pregnancy, his scrotum went almost to his ankles!

    Prune belly syndrome.

    Conjoined twins

    And I've only been a nurse for less than a year!
  7. by   rph3664
    Quote from FlyingScot
    Botulism! I used to work in a tertiary pediatric center so I've seen almost everything that has been listed here and more but I never expected botulism! We had an old-timey pediatrician who thought Karo syrup was an excellent laxative for infants. Um...not so much.
    How did the baby get botulism from Karo syrup? It's honey that people need to be concerned with, IIRC.
  8. by   MyDailySong
    Quote from Not_A_Hat_Person
    During my pedi rotation, one of my patients had Trisomy 13. He was in his 20s; the longest reported lifespan is 35.
    Thats out dated information.. There is a 51 year old Partial Trisomy 13.
    Featured Albums
    Oldest Surviving Trisomy Variation Stories on this Website

    Tenecia Hargrave is the Oldest Living Full Trisomy 13 born in 1982
    Lynne King is the Oldest Living Partial Trisomy 13 born in 1959
    Becca Trewin is the Oldest Living Trisomy 13 Mosaic born in 1975

    List of Albums - Photos of Over 90 Children & Adults Living with Trisomy 13

    And a full trisomy 13 off this facebook page
    He's 33 yrs.
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    Last edit by MyDailySong on Jul 10, '10 : Reason: switched mosaic to partial
  9. by   HappyNurse2005
    saw a pregnant woman with diabetes insipidus---put out 8 liters in 12 hours. didnt know she had it right away, i just knew that i was dumping her FOley bag over and over and over again

    holprosencephaly in a baby (not a live baby-induced at 21 weeks)
  10. by   HappyNurse2005
    pregnant woman with a history of hansen's (leprosy). not active, hadn't had it for a long time. they weren't sure what to do with her. airborne precautions, standard precautions, etc.

    active TB in a pregnant woman (not in labor)
  11. by   carolmaccas66
    Also saw an Australian Aboriginal lady come in with late stage gonorrhoea. She was not for treatment, only palliative care. I as a young nursing aide I said: 'There must be SOMETHING we can do for her!' I didn't understand then that the Drs just couldn't give her a shot of antibiotics and she would get better. I have never seen such a God-awful gooey, foul smelling, putrid green fluid oozing from this woman, before in my life. She had the onset of dementia, and other neurological symptoms.
    I only hope now she died in peace.
  12. by   ErinS
    Calciphylaxis in a patient without renal failure.
    Supposed Creutzfeld-Jakob (today in fact!) without the dementia-first sx started 1 month ago
    Trisomy 13, 18, and a family with 2 children with a degenerative brain disease where the kids develop normally to about 6 months or a year and by 4 or 5 years die. They have had dna and tissue samples sent throughout the world without any diagnosis. The really crazy thing is I took care of a boy from a separate family in a different part of the county with almost the identical thing and no official diagnosis.
  13. by   FlyingScot
    Quote from rph3664
    How did the baby get botulism from Karo syrup? It's honey that people need to be concerned with, IIRC.
    No not just honey but also Karo syrup as well. Neither of these should be given to infants under one year of age. The Karo syrup given to this child was tested and popped positive for the toxin.

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