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Horse accident, Lung nodule


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#1 lazycritter

Posted 19 April 2020 - 11:53 AM

Long story short.  My 12 year old daughter was bucked off her naughty horse yesterday evening. Bucked  her right over his head and landed on her head.  She wears padded safety best and helmet so she came out relatively unscathed except for headache.
She had a CT scan in emergency last night to cover all bases.  

So on  a non horse injury related note,  the CT scan has revealed a nodule on the top of her lung. It's 8mm in diameter.  We were given the report before leaving emergency so we can follow up with gp and X-ray and referral to paediatrician next week.  
Emergency doc, said it's likely nothing and will probably disappear but needs to be monitored.  He said they see thing like this all the time.

I am of course freaking out inside anyway.

Anyone know anything about similar lung nodule thing? I googled it of course.

I needed to write it somewhere so I don't dwell on it or start telling people when it's probably nothing right?

#2 lizzzard

Posted 19 April 2020 - 12:24 PM

Goodness, I don’t have any suggestions on the lung issue I’m afraid but just wanted to say I hope your DD is fine - what a lot of stress! My DD13 rides and has fallen a few times but never badly enough to require a scan. How scary for you!

#3 lizzzard

Posted 19 April 2020 - 12:25 PM

Btw, I’m sure the lung nodule really is nothing.... the doctors wouldn’t say they see stuff all the time if it’s not true xx

#4 lazycritter

Posted 19 April 2020 - 12:40 PM

Thanks lizzzard, yeah my daughter's fallen before and she's broken her arm but this has given us more of a shock. Especially with this unexpected reveal.

My brain is all over the place today. It's weird how this horse had only started bucking badly the last few times she's ridden.  They think maybe it's the saddle.

#5 JRA

Posted 19 April 2020 - 01:16 PM

All the best to your daughter

Some horses are going stir crazy as well. They get sick of going around and around their home paddock/area and not getting out as well

#6 MooGuru

Posted 19 April 2020 - 01:24 PM

Check the saddle blanket carefully too. Growing up we had a horse who bucked and started carrying on rather suddenly. I can't remember exactly what it was but lightly touching it felt fine but when the weight of the saddle and rider combined some insecty thing that had nested inside the saddle blanket would come out and start to bite. Only discovered it when the vet - checking to see if his back was ok after the seco d or third time - noticed a stack of bites in a small area and nowhere else on his back.

Eta hope your daughter is ok

Edited by MooGuru, 19 April 2020 - 01:25 PM.


#7 BECZ

Posted 19 April 2020 - 01:50 PM

It could be lots of things OP.  It may even be a dental problem.  Has there been any pattern to when I he horse is bucking.  Turning etc.
It could be something rubbing or pinching a sore spot.

We had a horse with amazing blood lines that we and a family friend saved from the doggers.  It was getting upset whenever we tried to turn it one way.
Turned out that it had shattered teeth and one particular bit was protruding out and digging in when we tried to turn it.  Teeth removed and turned out to be an amazing polocrosse horse for our friend. Full blooded sister made $$$$$$ in racing, but we weren’t interested in that even though he was still young.  That’s not what we saved him for.

I hope you DD is ok OP. It’s so hard not to stress even when they say that its typically nothing.

#8 MooGuru

Posted 19 April 2020 - 01:53 PM

Becz - funny coincidence. The horse we had that bucked a lot went on to have a Polo career.

#9 lazycritter

Posted 19 April 2020 - 04:11 PM

I can suggest these things but you see I'm not the horse expert. And I either get ignored or rolled eyes at. I'm not the horse person and I'm the one who is trying to give the horse the benefit of the doubt.

Husband is calling horse dirty.  Cos he kept  bucking and bucking till he got her off. It was like a rodeo apparently. ( I wasn't there.)

Edited by lazycritter, 19 April 2020 - 04:12 PM.


#10 born.a.girl

Posted 19 April 2020 - 04:19 PM

Re: the nodule.   I had a lump which showed up on CT, something they were specifically looking for. Also showed up on MRI.

To cut a VERY long story short, there was much debate amongst specialists at a major teaching hospital about whether it was 'active' or not (producing hormones) but there was pretty much never any doubt that it was not cancerous, from no more than the images.

#11 (feral)epg

Posted 19 April 2020 - 04:28 PM

Re the lung nodule - in my experience (vet so animals not humans) most incidental findings turn out to be non-pathological.  Every now and then you get the opportunity to diagnose something worse long before you would have otherwise - and early diagnosis means better treatment option.  You just have to go through the process of investigating.  I hope your paediatrician can rule out anything nasty.  Good luck.

#12 lazycritter

Posted 20 April 2020 - 07:26 PM

View Postborn.a.girl, on 19 April 2020 - 04:19 PM, said:

Re: the nodule.   I had a lump which showed up on CT, something they were specifically looking for. Also showed up on MRI.

To cut a VERY long story short, there was much debate amongst specialists at a major teaching hospital about whether it was 'active' or not (producing hormones) but there was pretty much never any doubt that it was not cancerous, from no more than the images.

I'm trying not to think about it...but I can't help it. How large did your nodule measure born.a.girl?


We've got an appointment with the gp on Thursday to order chest X-ray and to get a referral to paediatrician

#13 born.a.girl

Posted 20 April 2020 - 08:23 PM

View Postlazycritter, on 20 April 2020 - 07:26 PM, said:

I'm trying not to think about it...but I can't help it. How large did your nodule measure born.a.girl?


We've got an appointment with the gp on Thursday to order chest X-ray and to get a referral to paediatrician

It wasn't very big and had been growing for two decades.

I can't remember now if it was 13mm or 13g, and it's a completely different scenario, because endocrine stuff is complicated by the fact that any nodules (adenomas) can be producing the hormone from the material they grow in, or not, and it's not always easy to establish that.

I just hoped to ease your mind about their ability to be very confident from the scan/s that it was not cancerous.


Ironically, scans of my kidneys showed up a potential problem there, so I had a renal artery angiogram, which showed narrowing of the arteries.  I then had rental artery angioplasty and stenting, which turned out to have zero benefit for my blood pressure, which showed that the imaging showed something that was (incidentally) causing zero problem.

Not easy to not worry when it's your child, I know.

#14 lazycritter

Posted 20 April 2020 - 10:18 PM

View Postborn.a.girl, on 20 April 2020 - 08:23 PM, said:



It wasn't very big and had been growing for two decades.

I can't remember now if it was 13mm or 13g, and it's a completely different scenario, because endocrine stuff is complicated by the fact that any nodules (adenomas) can be producing the hormone from the material they grow in, or not, and it's not always easy to establish that.

I just hoped to ease your mind about their ability to be very confident from the scan/s that it was not cancerous.


Ironically, scans of my kidneys showed up a potential problem there, so I had a renal artery angiogram, which showed narrowing of the arteries.  I then had rental artery angioplasty and stenting, which turned out to have zero benefit for my blood pressure, which showed that the imaging showed something that was (incidentally) causing zero problem.

Not easy to not worry when it's your child, I know.

Thank you that's actually made me feel better as daughter's  is only 8mm so even less likely of anything bad.
It's good they were so thorough with you with scans and then with your kidneys.  I guess even with the anxiety of all the tests they didn't leave a stone unturned and (I trust) your mind is at ease.

Thank you again.

#15 lazycritter

Posted 22 May 2020 - 11:41 PM

Argh,  to update,  I received a letter to say that we'd missed the first appointment to follow up - excuse me, we knew nothing about this appointment,  we received no letter,  phone call,  or anything. So they've remade an appointment for mid June.

Really p*ssed off.

#16 Froggilicious

Posted 23 May 2020 - 09:53 AM

 lazycritter, on 22 May 2020 - 11:41 PM, said:

Argh,  to update,  I received a letter to say that we'd missed the first appointment to follow up - excuse me, we knew nothing about this appointment,  we received no letter,  phone call,  or anything. So they've remade an appointment for mid June.

Really p*ssed off.

Was this from the RCH in melb by any chance? I had something similar, called to try to make an appointment only to be told that she has one scheduled for 2 days time which I knew nothing about.

#17 lazycritter

Posted 23 May 2020 - 10:32 AM

No not the Rch,  Local public.

They black balled my friend when she missed an appointment she didn't know about. She had to make a complaint to get back in.




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