Jul 28, 2012 - 1:07 am
A "newbie" also. Approximately 2 yrs ago, after having my gallbladder removed, it became visibly obvious that I had a rectal prolapse. Since that time I have had many ups and downs with this condition and about 3 months ago decided to have it evaulated for treatment by a colorectal surgeon.
Prior to my appointment, I had been receiving treatment from my GYN physician for what we at first thought was a yeast infection. Later after that, it was diagnosed as Lichen Planus and I used a steroid cream with negative results. Eventually, after a few biopsies, I was diagnosed with Vulvar lesions, VIN 2 and 3 and also an Anal Lesion, an AIN3. The doctor was able to biopsy this lesion without doing an anoscopy exam because the prolapse made this area accessible without the need for an instrument.
Now, I am using Iquimod (3 weeks) for the Vulvar lesions and am scheduled for an anoscopy and rectal exam by a colorectal surgeon in conjunction with the evaluation for surgery on the prolapse. My doctor says that there are other visible lesions in the anal canal that and that because of the prolapse there is more or different tissue exposed than would normally be there. Will the colorectal surgeon do more biopsies at this time or schedule surgery and biopsy more of this area at that time? Does anyone here have any experience with AIN3 and the progression from pre-cancer to cancer?
I am having a difficult time with the wait, not much longer to go though, Aug 6 is my appt. I would love to hear from anyone who has dealt with either the AIN3 or the prolapse.