CT Venography Scheduled for Thursday

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CT Venography Scheduled for Thursday

Postby marcstck » Tue Jul 21, 2009 6:39 pm

After consulting with Dr. Dake, my PCP has scheduled me for a CT venography of my jugular and azygous veins, this Thursday at 9 AM. I believe Dr. Dake spoke to the radiologist at the hospital where I'll be having the procedure done, to fully brief him on what precise protocols need to be followed.

I spoke with Dr. Dake, and he wants me to send him a disk with the results. Should be interesting...
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Postby cheerleader » Tue Jul 21, 2009 6:57 pm

Glad you coordinated this with your pcp, Marc. I know it took some effort.
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Postby CureIous » Tue Jul 21, 2009 8:28 pm

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Postby peekaboo » Wed Jul 22, 2009 6:01 am

Hope the best for ya Marc..
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Postby IHateMS » Wed Jul 22, 2009 12:21 pm

great marc, good luck with it and at the NIH.
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Postby Jamie » Wed Jul 22, 2009 4:42 pm

That's fantastic!

The more local centres that can do this successfully the more the wealth of information grows.
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Postby marcstck » Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:58 pm

I'll check in when I get done with the scan tomorrow morning. Not sure I'll have any results by then, but if possible I'd like to walk away (or role only, actually) from there with a disk in hand...
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Postby Needled » Thu Jul 23, 2009 6:19 am

Sounds like you have all the right people looking at all the right things. Good luck!
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Postby bestadmom » Thu Jul 23, 2009 6:11 pm

Marc,

Did you get any results?

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Postby marcstck » Thu Jul 23, 2009 7:49 pm

Had the scan this morning, which took all of about 15 minutes. I'm going to try to pick up the disc and radiologist's report tomorrow afternoon, provided it's not raining and I can get out on my wheelchair.

I can't wait to see the results. I've got to make a few copies of the disc, one for Dr. Dake, one for the NIH, and one from my PCP. If the scan shows any blockages, I'll also make one for my neurologist, because at that point it will be time for him to get on board...
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Postby bestadmom » Thu Jul 23, 2009 7:57 pm

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for nice weather tomorow for you.
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Postby cheerleader » Sat Jul 25, 2009 3:36 pm

Marc...
Assuming the scan was negative for stenosis? Or you couldn't get there?
Let us know when you get a minute. Inquiring minds and all that....
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Postby marcstck » Sat Jul 25, 2009 10:27 pm

Got the results...

The study found "some asymmetry of the jugular veins, consistent with normal variation."

It seems that the report concentrates more on the condition of my sinuses than on my veins, and no mention of my azygous vein is made at all.

Naturally, I looked at the images, but couldn't really make much sense of them. I'm pretty good at reading MRIs, but it appears that CT images are a different matter altogether...

I hope these guys did the correct scan, I know that the technicians did check with the head radiologists, who Dr. Dake had spoken to.

I'm sending the disc off to Dr. Dake next week, so it will be interesting to see what he has to say. I hope my suspicions about them doing the wrong type of scan are incorrect.

Please note, my MS diagnosis is very much up in the air at this point. The doctors at the NIH are scratching their heads over my test results and disease presentation, my primary neurologist has said that I might just be suffering from the "Marc disease", and one of the world's foremost experts on mitochondrial disease (Dr. Hirano at Columbia Presbyterian) examined me and said that he was pretty sure that I don't have mitochondrial disease, but was also pretty sure that this isn't MS. There is obviously something serious going on in my CNS, as my right side is for all intents and purposes paralyzed, and I have a very large and invasive lesion at the base of my brainstem, but my test profiles and clinical presentation don't fit the diagnostic criteria of any of the usual suspects...

Leave it to me to stump the panel...
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Postby cheerleader » Sat Jul 25, 2009 11:03 pm

Thanks for the info, Marc.
I think the report probably refers to the dural venous sinuses, sometimes just called "sinuses". (The dural venous sinuses drain into the internal jugulars, and sure would affect your brainstem.) Our other Mark (skydog) had some issues that high, and no azygos problems, as diagnosed by Dr. Dake. He had stents placed at the top of his jugulars. I'll bet the scans were done thoroughly and correctly. I really wish you some answers, Marc. I can only imagine how difficult this journey has been for you, and I admire your tenacity and intelligence.
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Postby mrhodes40 » Sun Jul 26, 2009 7:54 am

Marc what a journey for you. Getting diagnosed was not fun in the first place I can't imagine having to go back into limbo and starting over. :roll:

I am glad you have a chance to have Dr Dake look at your scans. One way or the other you can have an opinion on the scans that is reliably reflecting this model so you can put it to rest.

good luck Marc with all of this. I hope you get some answers soon.
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