had a MRI done last week and today we received the results. They were
concerned about her spine, which could be tethered keeping her from
walking and standing, but good news is her spine is fine. The reason for
Mikaela's delay in walking, standing and speech is because she has Grey
Gray matter heterotopia is
a neurological disorder caused by clumps of grey matter being located
in the wrong part of the brain. It is characterized as a type of
The neurons in heterotopia appear to be normal, except for their
mislocation. The condition causes a variety of
symptoms, but usually includes some degree of epilepsy or recurring
seizures the second half of the first decade of their life,
and often affects the brain's ability to function on higher levels.
Symptoms range from nonexistent to profound; the condition is
occasionally discovered by brain imaging performed for an unrelated
problem and has no apparent ill effect on the patient.
In time, Mikaela should reach
her goals with
extensive therapy. They won't be able to give us a definitive answer on how
delayed she will be until the age of 6. We will keep you up to date with
her progress, as for now if you would
like to read more about Gray Matter Heterotopia, click here.
has Ectopic Pituitary Tissue, meaning her pituitary gland has
extra tissue surrounding it. The majority of patients with pituitary adenoma have excess hormone production, which could also contribute to Mikaela's size.
We were told not to worry about there being any brain tumors. What we
have to look for is seeing if the tissue that is surrounding Mikaela's
pituitary gland is active
tissue; if so she will need surgery to have it removed. Also, checking
her hormone levels and getting the right medication to control that. As
soon as we have more information, I will post it.