Thursday 4 August 2022 11:46 AM Teenage footballer, 15, has surgery for brain tumour after doctors misdiagnosed ... trends now

Thursday 4 August 2022 11:46 AM Teenage footballer, 15, has surgery for brain tumour after doctors misdiagnosed ... trends now
Thursday 4 August 2022 11:46 AM Teenage footballer, 15, has surgery for brain tumour after doctors misdiagnosed ... trends now

Thursday 4 August 2022 11:46 AM Teenage footballer, 15, has surgery for brain tumour after doctors misdiagnosed ... trends now

A teenage footballer was found to have a potentially deadly brain tumour after doctors misdiagnosed him as having 'long' Covid.

Kane Allcock, 15, had been suffering from persistent headaches after testing positive for coronavirus on New Year's Eve 2021.

But despite being admitted to A&E, neurological tests apparently failed to detect any problems and medics mistakenly assumed he had migraines caused by long Covid. 

The teenager was given codeine painkillers.

Kane Allcock (pictured after his surgery), 15, had been suffering from persistent headaches after testing positive for coronavirus on New Year's Eve 2021

Kane Allcock (pictured after his surgery), 15, had been suffering from persistent headaches after testing positive for coronavirus on New Year's Eve 2021

Later Kane, who plays for Crewe Alexandra's youth team began to suffer more severe headaches, was nauseous and struggled to walk, due to dizziness.

After being readmitted to hospital he suffered a seizure and was subsequently sent for an MRI scan which revealed had acute hydrocephalus, a build-up of pressure on the brain caused by excess cerebrospinal fluid.

The scan also found a large tumour and Kane underwent a seven-and-a-half-hour operation to remove the tumour and is now recovering. It emerged the tumour was a low-grade or non-cancerous pilocytic astrocytoma.

Kane's mother Nicki, a medical secretary for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), from Crewe said: 'We'd travelled to Blackpool on the Thursday before the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, as Kane was due to take part in a tournament with his Crewe FC teammates.

'When we got there, he was unwell and went straight to bed. The next day, we took him to a nearby walk-in centre. They did a full examination and concluded that he may have been suffering from post-Covid vertigo and he was given codeine.'

But despite being admitted to A&E, neurological tests apparently failed to detect any problems and medics mistakenly assumed he had migraines caused by long Covid

Pictured: Kane before

But despite being admitted to A&E, neurological tests apparently failed to detect any problems and medics mistakenly assumed he had migraines caused by long Covid

Later Kane, who plays for Crewe Alexandra's youth team began to suffer more severe headaches, was nauseous and struggled to walk, due to dizziness. After being readmitted to hospital he suffered a seizure and was subsequently sent for an MRI scan which revealed had acute hydrocephalus, a build-up of pressure on the brain caused by excess cerebrospinal fluid

Later Kane, who plays for Crewe Alexandra's youth team began to suffer more severe headaches, was nauseous and struggled to walk, due to dizziness. After being readmitted to hospital he suffered a seizure and was subsequently sent for an MRI scan which revealed had

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