Friday, December 3, 2010

C is for ... Cavernous reCanalization with Collateral veins

Where do I start .... in July of this year Noah had an ultrasound where the radiologist determined his clot to be resolved. Unfortunately that same day, they also determined that he had an appendicitis. So he went to surgery. Because of the surgery, he also went off of anticoagulation medication.

Then about a month or so ago, Noah had an echocardiogram. The cardiologist was concerned about something he saw and recommended we do an abdominal CT.

So last week we had an abdominal CT done. The results were SUPRISING. Cavernous recanalization of the IVC with collateral veins. What does this mean???? The way the radiologist described it to me was that his IVC was essentially gone and there were little veins that had grown all over in his abdomen to compensate for losing the Inferior Vena Cava.

Unfortunately I dont what the ramifications of this will be. First of all, the question I have is .... did a new clot develop in the 2 weeks that he was off coumadin OR did the radiologist that read the ultrasound in July get it wrong. This is important to know because in April next year another doctor plans to try to take him of anticoagulation therapy. My second question would be.... what will this mean for him in the future? Will he always be tired? Will he always have abdominal pain and chest pain?? Will I ever post about anything other than Noahs health issues again??? HMMMMMMMM :)


AllMyKs said...

Those were a lot of big words with multiple syllables! I'm glad I had you explain it all to me in person. You know me and my brain issues! So glad Noah is such a good sport through all of this. We love Noah and we love your family!!

The Crash Test Dummy said...

SIGH! I wonder all these same things.

Hmmmmmmm . . .

Let's chat soon.

Brian and Amelia said...

I just wanted to tell you that I LOVE your family picture! And I just think that you are one of the most amazing mothers. You have such a wonderful family! We are always thinking of you and praying for your family - please let me know if there is anything I can ever do!