Monday, September 30, 2013

Afternoon update

We figured out why they did a sonogram... Two reasons: 1) to check for more varices veins that may have grown in the stomach (they didn't find any), and 2) to identify other sources of the esophageal varices. Turns out there is another culprit: she has a clot in the portal vein. It's been there for some time. Unfortunately, it can't be dissolved via blood thinner, so the body will have to naturally remove it. Hopefully, the chemoembolization reduces the tumors and opens up the blood flow into the liver. They are not concerned about the clot breaking off (but I am! I worked at National Stroke Association for 4+ years).

She has too much acid in her stomach and needs to eat. No discharge today.


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