help please! my son had ct scan brain before 2 weeks( he is only 7 months ) after a minor fall down and the result was normal. after that the Dr inform me that my baby is at high risk to develop learning disability later and risk of cancer i'm really worried and upset is it true what the Dr told me i can't sleep really specially that the ct scan was unnecessary for him specially my baby was active and playfull but he was vomiting that why they request ct scan.

Ibtissem Ben - posted on 01/11/2013 ( 10 moms have responded )

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good morning,
help please my son had ct scan brain before 2 weeks he's only 7 months old, after a minor fall down my baby was vomiting i take him to the ER and they request for him ct scan brain even he was active they told me to do the ct. the result was normal. after that one Dr inform me that it was unnecessary to do ct scan because my baby now will be at high risk to develop learning disability problem and risk of cancer because of the radiation.
i'm really upset and i can't sleep, my baby really smart and now i feel that he will have problem later at school because of this scan.

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Cecilia - posted on 01/13/2013

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Honestly as a mom, i would have still had them do it. What if you didn't do it and he had bleeding on the brain. They wouldn't know, they can't treat it. Then he is much higher risk of brain damage and death. Sorry I think the scan was a much better choice.

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Don't worry too much about that. Extended or repeated exposure to radiation can put babies at risk for cancer and learning disabilities, but one CT scan will not have permanently damaged your child.

Cecilia - posted on 01/14/2013

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It's very very possible in my mind that it does cause it. I had just never read it. The babies brains are so "actively" growing that so many tiny things could easily cause a learning disability. So in theory I would have a very easy time accepting that fact.

So you know my son is 12 years old and he has had 6 CT scans done in his life. Yep, you read it right, six. He does not have any learning disabilities, and one reason why they were done were to look for brain tumors and well we've yet to find one. (long story) Either way, I knew the risks and i still do it because i'd rather know. If next time you choose not to do it, feel free you're his mother and always have final say.

Dove - posted on 01/13/2013

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If he hit his head and was vomiting... the ct scan was necessary to rule out a concussion which could've potentially done a LOT more damage. I wouldn't give it another though, personally.

Cecilia - posted on 01/13/2013

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1 in 550 is only 0.18% chance.. that doesn't sound so bad now does it?

and if you look at that compared to other things that isn't that bad. you have a 1 in 54 chance of your son having autism. which still is only 1.85%

Does that make you feel a lil bit better?

Even if you had this info at the time of the scan would it have changed your mind? You needed the scan to make sure there wasn't something seriously wrong.

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Dove - posted on 01/14/2013

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I had ct scans (or mri... not sure which it was... so many years ago) as an infant. No learning disabilities. I do have issues, but the issues I have are things the scans were looking for that were already there... not anything CAUSED by the scans.

Ibtissem Ben - posted on 01/13/2013

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thank you soo much Mrs Cecilia really yesterday i feel much better after i read your post specially with the statistics and i'm convinced that's really small risk only one thing i'm still asking about the link between ct scan and learning disability. why ct scan will cause learning disability for the babies less than 18 months.

Ibtissem Ben - posted on 01/13/2013

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sure, but when i arrive to the emergency i inform them that he fall down from the bed to the matress not even to the floor i just take him their because he start vomiting exactly after 4 minutes and he was active i don't know why the Dr insiste that time to do the ct scan even they didn't observe him and he told me even he fall to the matress we must scan him and that time really i don't know the side effects of the scanner but the way how the dr talk to me he let me feel that my baby as he fall down from 7th floor not from his bed to the matress.

Ibtissem Ben - posted on 01/13/2013

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thank you so much for your reply it's really helpfu,l but the risk is 1 in 550 for the babies as i read in the internet and for the learning disability is as per the swedish study on 2004. i hope that nothing will happen to my baby really.

Cecilia - posted on 01/13/2013

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He isn't high risk, he is at a higher risk. Two different things.

I looked into this a long time ago because I had to deal with it, let me explain what the doctor didn't seem to.

The radiation used in CT has an affect on everyone including adults. The way it works and the reason it has a risk is because when you are scanned some of the radiation remains in the body. IT needs to to produce the picture.

The reason that the warning is labeled more for children is because they have a much longer lifespan after the CT. For example if a 50 year old get a CT done, they have lets say 20 years left to live. That only gives 20 years to allow anything to progress, and normally it doesn't. Now your son was a few weeks old and if we give him the same 70 yr life span he has 70 years to allow it to progress. If i remember right the chance of cancer is about 1 in 200,000. (this includes both brain and leukemia combined, so a 1 in 400,000 chance for just brain and the same for leukemia)

With that in mind, think about the overall. Does this mean your child will have issues.Let's say everything lines up and he is the 1 in 200,000. The chances increase with years, so he would be about 20-30 years old before it actually starts to take affect.

As far as learning disabilities, never heard that one before. It is possible but nothing i came across ever mentioned it.

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