I just came back from an office visit with the IR who did a venogram and venoplasty on me this Monday.
The quality of the venogram imaging was state-of-the-art which is not surprising considering where it was done.
The IR showed me image by image the extensive network of collateral veins, and how he attempted to open up the stenosis.
The problem is that my stenosis is way up, inside the skull base, and veins so diminished that he couldn't risk inserting the cat wire any further. Too thin. On the right hand side, the collateral veins totally obscured the IJV, so he couldn't advance the wire.
Stents are out of the question because you need some good vein walls above and below the stenosis, and that didn't exist in my case.
So, my case is hopeless. I will just have to deal with the symptoms.
I asked the doctor for permission to give his name out. He said his department is drawing up a formal procedure (but not a IRB), so requested I hold off until I hear from him.
If hear something from him, I will post it here. The hospital is in the USA, and hasn't been mentioned here before. I intend to honor his request.
Kitty says, "Take that, you stenosis!"
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