One of the most amazing patients I’ve treated was an incredibly brave 7-year old girl, who came in to the emergency room with her parents having extreme difficulties walking.
In addition to feeling numb in both of her legs, she had been experiencing chest pains at night for the past month. In search of answers, we ran emergency imaging and found a lesion on her T6 vertebrae with severe spinal cord compression.
This lesion was a cancerous form of Langerhans Cell Sarcoma. This is an incredibly rare disease with only 50 cases of it ever reported worldwide. Without quick treatment, this condition would leave this young girl paralyzed for the rest of her life.
The shaded area of the spine represents the lesion of the T6