A 6.5-year-old boy has the flu and was not cured even after a week • He reached Dr. Ullman of Maccabi and complained of shoulder pain • The doctor identified the latent infection and saved him
Dr. Ullman with Maor and his mother // Photo: Eyal Shimkowitz
Maor Yaakov (6.5) from Kfar Saba has the flu as many children this winter. But after a week of rest at home, his condition worsened.
For three days his mother felt he was not at his best. Weak, lacking appetite, shaking cold and most of all - complaining of shoulder pain. "Toward the evening he complained of strange shoulder pain and could not raise his hand over his head. This complaint lit a red light for me, so I decided to take it to Dr. Ullman immediately," says his mother Sarit.
Even before Dr. Eva Ullman, a pediatric specialist in Maccabi Health Services in Kfar Saba, began to question Maor about his condition, she noticed that he was pale and exhausted and asked him to lie down on the bed in her room immediately.
The doctor said, "I checked the lungs and they sounded perfectly clean. On the other hand, when I checked if he had muscle pain that is a very common symptom in people with the flu, he made no complaint," Dr. Ullman said. There was: "Mysterious, strange and unexplained shoulder pain. At that moment, I realized that I had to send it immediately for lung photography. "
Dr. Ullman feared that the shoulder pain complained of by light was just a symptom of something more critical than light - latent pneumonia. The warmth and overall feeling, I prefer to go to the Maccabi Emergency Medicine Center and do a lung photo there, "Dr. Ullman explains.
Sarit and her son arrived at the Maccabi center in Ramat Hasharon, where he performed a lung photo. After receiving the decoding of the photograph, Dr. Ullman's diagnosis turned out to be accurate and rare. "The pediatrician who treated us at the epicenter did not stop admiring Dr. Ullman. He said that these were very deceptive symptoms that could look like normal flu. And sent us for a photo, proving how professional, dedicated and highly experienced it is. The quick and accurate diagnosis prevented possible complications of potentially fatal pneumonia, "says Sarit.
Maor immediately began antibiotic infusion therapy and his condition slowly improved. "The case of Maor is very rare. During my 35 years as a physician, I have never experienced shoulder pain that indicates latent pneumonia," Dr. Ullman concluded.