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Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis: boy is in a coma because of brain swelling

Headache: Mostly harmless, but the pain can also be a sign of serious illness.

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Six-year-old Ellis Artist from England had a headache – hours later doctors had to put him into an artificial coma. The diagnosis of the doctors: disturbing.

Headache – nothing unusual in itself. But with the small Ellis Artist from the British community Clayton is a life-threatening cause behind it.

Boy has to vomit – then in hospital the devastating diagnosis

When the six-year-old came home with a headache in early February, his mother Sarah gave him a painkiller. As the British news portal The Sun reported, the boy felt better afterwards. But at night the headache came back, which radiated in the neck. Ellis even had to vomit.

Ellis parents Sarah and Paul Artist brought the little one to the doctor who suspected a virus infection. As his condition worsened, they went to a children's clinic. Here Ellis was given antibiotics because the doctors suspected viral meningitis. After an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging – imaging technique that allows you to image tissues and organs) then the bad diagnosis: A swelling of the brain spread to the back, so the boy had to be put into an artificial coma, This measure should relieve the brain and thus promote healing.

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Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis Cause of Swelling in the Brain

The swelling was triggered by an acute disseminated encephalomyelitis: a rare, inflammatory disease of the central nervous system that primarily affects children and occurs up to four weeks after a viral infection. In autoimmune disease, the body falsely fights healthy cells,

Whether the little Ellis is completely recovered or the infection has a disability, is uncertain. His parents are in hospital with him and hope he can be brought out of the coma soon.

Friends and family have raised more than £ 4,000 for Ellis to provide the best possible medical treatment.

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