A visit to a specialist revealed a tumor – an osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer – on 7-year-old Naomi’s left distal femur, the area of the leg just above the knee joint. Thus began a medical journey that showcases CHOC’s commitment to outside-the-box thinking when it comes to patient care, including investigational therapies, diagnostics, and devices — as well as the benefits of CHOC’s partnership with UCI Health.
The odds were stacked against Hope when she was born prematurely at 31 weeks and five days, weighing just 2 pounds, 3 ounces. Today, Hope is alive thanks to a team of doctors, nurses and others who cared for her throughout a four month stay on CHOC’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU).
Teens with chronic conditions face a higher risk of non-adherence to taking their medication or even obtaining it when transitioning from a pediatric to adult primary care provider, medical experts say. Dr. Mary L. Zupanc, co-medical director of CHOC’s Neuroscience Institute and a pediatric neurologist who specializes in epilepsy and rare conditions, stressed in a recent webinar that she’s passionate about preventing patients transitioning to adult care from falling through the cracks.
CHOC’s virtual pediatric lecture series continues with "Bladder function and dysfunction: Woes for primary care clinicians." This online discussion will be held Friday, Nov. 13 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and is designed for general practitioners, family practitioners and other healthcare providers.