One question, if you don't mind. In your entry in the tracking thread, it mentioned they found reflux in both jugulars using the Doppler ultrasound. But they only found a problem in the right IJV. Did the doctors mention anything on this?
PatientX:No. Dr. Neville and I didn't talk about the bi-lateral reflux vs. only having one vein blocked. I'm going to have the opportunity to ask some questions at my follow-up. But here's my experience: from what I can tell, the venogram is the most accurate of the diagnostic studies. For example, while the doppler-ultrasound showed bi-lateral reflux, the MRV showed no abnormalities in my veins at all, and during the venogram Dr. Neville found considerable stenosis in my right IJV, but my left IJV was normal and my azygous "very healthy". I personally think the MRV is expensive and useless, and that they really don't have the complete picture until they go in with a catheter and scope.
They may or may not have an explanation for the bi-lateral reflux. If I find anything out I will post.
Thanks for the good wishes, Judi