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Lung perfusion scan

Post by jennkenny » December 13th, 2011, 10:48 am

Has anyone had a lung perfusion scan? This will be my first one. Any thoughts?

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Re: Lung perfusion scan

Post by Eric » December 14th, 2011, 1:25 pm

Jenn,

Wish I could help, but I have never had this done. Good luck with it. Hope everything else is going well.

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Re: Lung perfusion scan

Post by Donnahi » December 17th, 2011, 1:55 am

Hola.
No i have not, but can you please tell me why are you getting one of those scans, and how things turned out ? Please very interested innlung health.
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Re: Lung perfusion scan

Post by Ozchrissy » December 17th, 2011, 2:22 am

Hi Jenny, I haven't had one either, but the surgeon did mention this scan when I saw him on Thursday. So will be very interested to know how you go. I am coughing up a lot of either clear or sometimes paper white sputum, so that is the reason for my scan.

The diagram makes sense of why they do it, looks like a very informative test.
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Re: Lung perfusion scan

Post by jennkenny » December 21st, 2011, 9:44 am

No answers yet. Had the test last Thursday. Simple and painless (except for the cost even with insurance, ouch!). I am supposed to call MD this Thursday if I have not heard back yet. The reason for the test, in my case, is to determine how well my pulmonary artery is supplying oxygenated blood to my lungs. I have a homograft (a donor's aorta is my pulmonary artery). They cannot see the right branch of my pulmonary artery on echo because things have been surgically "rearranged". So they have to check it this way. If I don't "pass the test" then we do a cat scan and then ???? from there. I thought she said MRI but that does not make sense b/c ICD patient cannot have MRIs, right? So she must have said CAT scan. Hopefully will not come to that. I have two small children and more surgery does not sound good AT ALL. Thanks for the interest. I will update when I know something.

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Re: Lung perfusion scan

Post by Ozchrissy » December 21st, 2011, 12:56 pm

Jenny, I am keeping everything crossed that you 'passed' this test. You have been through a lot medically already, and I can understand how you must be feeling with young children to care for. In actual fact, I really can't understand it, I am worried about my dogs and cat, let alone a child when I am in Hospital.

I am sure that if the tests do require more investigation and if the worse case scenario happens that you will be looked after. You may find that people will pull together to help you with the children and your own health. It is more important to get your health better, and then you can continue your caring of your children.

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Re: Lung perfusion scan

Post by Lianachan » December 21st, 2011, 3:12 pm

My cardiologist thinks I may have chronic pulmonary hypertension and we are waiting to hear back from the respiratory consultant who has also seen me as the latter thinks I might need a second catscan to confirm - I had one back in the spring which was how they confirmed my pulmonary embolism. They got the theory from raised pulmonary arterial pressure off my echo in the summer. Not heard of the perfusion scan before though.

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Re: Lung perfusion scan

Post by rachmartin » December 22nd, 2011, 1:07 pm

Take care Jenn. Let us know how it turns out. I have two small children and understand the fears. I've had an interesting 2 years, but nothing like what you've got going on. Wishing you well this holiday season.
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Re: Lung perfusion scan

Post by jennkenny » January 3rd, 2012, 1:57 pm

All is well. Test came back just fine. No further action needed. Was a great Christmas gift. On a side note and interestingly, I had an experience similar to Eric's on the way to my mother's Christmas Day (nausea, strange aura, racing heart, accelerated pulse). Have not had one of these in a long time and given the good news from my test results and my recent good condition, it caught me off guard. Thought we were going to have to drop off the kids and head to the ER. But it passed slowly over the 20 minute drive and 45 minutes later my hands quit trembling and I enjoyed the rest of the day. No one but my husband was the wiser. Strange. Anyhow....good news overall. Thanks for everyone's interest and Happy New Year!

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