Results from Mom's CT scan and the next steps... by Mom
The CT scan showed a change in the kidney as described below:
Since the prior study, left-sided hydronephrosis has developed. There is mild dilatation of the proximal ureter but there is no obstructing mass. The cause of the hydronephrosis is not evident on this exam.
This is a swelling of the kidney, could be caused from a slight kink in the tube going from the kidney to the bladder causing some backup, possibly from surgery. Or if there is a small tumor pushing on this causing an obstruction.
The second thing is the small nodule next to my navel that we have been watching, could be scar tissue from surgery. Explained in the report as follows:
There is a small enhancing mass lesion of subcutaneous tissues of the anterior abdominal just to the left of the umbilicus. This finding is worrisome for a metastatic deposit. On today’s study this measures 1.4 cm.
Everything else was unchanged or normal, thank goodness for that!
Also my scope and colonoscopy I had on Monday looked good. Whew!
Follow up plan:
Submit to insurance co. for a PET scan, this will determine if there are any hot spots (possible cancer) with these changes.
Possible stint for the kidney.
Possible biopsy of the nodule.
Dr. Willadsen says keep my chin up!
One step at a time!