A general paediatric trainee in Queensland who enjoys clinical teaching, positive teamwork, research, and medication safety. Alyssa also loves travelling, scuba diving and camping with her family. A true child at heart, she loves playing games with her patients.

A Difficult Beast

A 14 year old girl was brought in by her family with lethargy, agitation, and confusion. Her past medical history includes depression and a recent viral upper respiratory tract infection.   Bottom Line: Encephalitis is caused by inflammation of the brain and is difficult to diagnose and manage. Up to 50% of patients experience short-term…

Incomplete Kawasaki Disease

  A four year old Japanese male was brought into Emergency with 5 days of fevers, non-exudative bilaterally injected sclerae, erythematous pharynx and irritability. Wondering about the possibility of Kawasaki Disease, I turned to check the 2017 update of the American Heart Association Scientific Statement, focusing on considering a diagnosis of Incomplete Kawasaki Disease.  …