‘Misbehaving’ Bolivian girl who couldn’t stop laughing had brain tumour

'Misbehaving' girl who couldn't stop laughing had brain tumour
‘Devil-possessed’: Doctors did not consider a tumour was causing the girl’s laughing fits (Picture: Burgos Zuleta et al/ecancermedicalscience)

A girl suffering from uncontrollable laughter was diagnosed with a brain tumour – after previously being told she was just ‘spoiled’ and ‘misbehaving’.

According to a report published in the medical journal ecancermedicalscience, the six-year-old experienced laughing fits and inappropriate bouts of giggling, which led doctors to brush off the family’s concerns, saying the only thing she was suffering from was ‘misbehaviour’.

‘She was considered spoiled, crazy – even devil possessed,’ said Dr Jose Liders Burgos Zuleta of the Advanced Medical Image Centre in Bolivia, in a statement.

Dr Burgos Zuleta suspected that the girl wasn’t just easily amused.

And he was right.

A brain scan revealed the cause of the girl’s laughing fits – or gelastic seizures in medical speak – was in fact a brain tumour pressing against her temporal lobe.

The surgery required to remove tumours like this was historically highly dangerous, but thanks to pioneering techniques developed in the last decade, Dr Burgos Zuleta and his team were able to remove the tumour and the girl is now completely healthy.

The doctors now hope the girl’s case could raise awareness of her condition to other doctors and explain ‘behavioural’ problems affecting other children.

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17 June 2014 | 12:17 pm – Source: metro.co.uk

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