Mar 31, 2014 - 2:20 pm
After 10 days, I finally got results on a follow-up ct. It took so long because the report had to be ammended to include the impression of a 1.5 cm splenule (previously reported)...the REASON for the f/u ct, in the first place...AND duly noted in my records as being one of two purposes for chest, abd and pelvis scans. The other purpose was to follow a "larger than normal mediastinal lymph node (0.9cm)", as reported on my (chest) December scans.
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At any rate, when I finally got the copy of the ammended report I was a little freaked out that the already larger than normal node has grown to 1.3cm (in 3 months). The report says "minimally increased in size" and "likely is reactive" whatever THAT means. Doesn't sound so minimal to me! Not sure what's up with that. My doctor doesn't seem too worried tho.
As for the splenule, no change. Good news there!
I can't help but question though, being that I've not had my appendix since the age of 11, and I lost my uterus during a total hysterectomy when I was 38, how is it that both, my appendix and uterus are reported to be present and unremarkable? Just curious.
The bright side here would be that, this radiologist didn't comment on my prostate, as was the case with my May, 2013 ct. Gotta give credit where credit is due! Yep! My confidence is shakey at best.
Lastly, there is a 6.4cm anterior abdominal dehiscence, as stated on the Abdominal Findings. I think that's a hernia, of sorts, but I can't be certain. I think they are referring to what I've been calling a buldge, however my buldge is much larger than 6.4cm! So, I'll have to have doc explain that when I go back in May.
Guess I'll just hurry up and wait the 3 months till scan time comes back around. Speaking of which...my urologist want's my next scan to be with contrast. My onc said absolutely not. What's a patient to do?? Common sense says listen to my urologist, he's a kidney transplant specialist, he would know, right?! One the other hand, that's one way to drum up business, I suppose.
All in all, a good report. I am so thankful!