Joanna Kwon

November 2010

After falling from her bike, Joanna Kwon, 6, had the expected scrapes and bruises – no major injuries that her family could see. Two days later, Joanna’s parents, noticing her lethargy, took her to the Emergency Department at Children’s at Legacy in Plano.

A CT scan showed she had a lacerated pancreas. Joanna was transferred to Children’s Dallas, where trauma surgeon Dr. Joseph T. Murphy treated the injury non-operatively. Close observation and intravenous nutrition for 21 days allowed the injury to form into a pancreatic pseudocyst. Physicians at Parkland Memorial Hospital, in conjunction with Dr. Bradley Barth, pediatric gastroenterologist at Children’s, drained the pseudocyst using an endoscopic ultrasound-guided drainage procedure. This allowed the pseudocyst to be treated without surgery, meaning less pain, less recovery time and no scars.

Children’s, in conjunction with Parkland, has one of the most experienced staffs in the nation performing this procedure on pediatric patients. Joanna, a first-grader from Murphy, Texas, has fully recovered.

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