I am wondering if Dr. Dake just looked at your azygos, or tried ballooning it. At the Symposium in Brooklyn in July, Dr. Sinan told us that he uses the balloon as a diagnostic tool to find problems that simple IVUS and fluoroscopy can't see.
I was treated by Dr. Haskal 4 days later. He was at the symposium, and I wondered if he was influenced by Sinan. I asked him and he demurred. A friend was treated by him the week before the meeting, and he did NOT balloon her azygos because he didn't see any problem. She was just retreated by him last week, and sure enough he ballooned that azygos and found all kinds of twisting!
For me he inflated the balloon all through the arch. I did not have any smoking gun in there like I had thought, but it was great that we answered the question unequivocally.
I hope that whoever is treating you next will balloon the azygos even if it looks o.k!
Can't wait to hear how it goes. Fingers crossed!
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