He went from a playful little boy to ‘a zombie.’ Why wouldn’t the doctors listen?
As she grabbed her car keys and sprinted out of her office, Kimberly Almarode struggled to control the terror that surged through her body. Her son’s preschool teacher had just called to say that her 4-year-old son, Bentley, had fallen asleep in a classroom playhouse and teachers were having trouble rousing him. During the previous two weeks, Almarode had grown increasingly worried about her previously healthy middle child. Bentley complained of frequent headaches that had worsened from bothersome to debilitating. But Almarode’s insistence that something serious was wrong with Bentley was dismissed by doctors who attributed his headaches, lethargy and episodic vomiting to a virus. The doctors were surprised to discover a disorder unusual in children.
Option 1: A Chiari malformation
Option 2: Pseudotumor cerebri
Option 3: Pediatric brain cancer
Option 4: An injury from a fall
Can you find out the cause?