The IVP Kidney Test

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Purgatory
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   Posted 3/3/2011 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
And I thought I had tried at least every test once.  Mentioning it only because one of you may have complications from your PC that might make you need one of these test.
 
The entire test took 65 minutes on the table.  Since lately they have difficulty getting an IV started in me, they brought in a very experienced ICU nurse to do it, he did it on the first try, claiming to have done over 25,000 of them.  They injected by hand, two large syringes of contrast dye, thought it looked like canola cooking oil.  It was very hot going in, and then made my insides feel very warm all over.
 
All together, the operator used  (and yes, I counted them) a total of 14 cassettes (we use to call them films), and took pictures about every 2-3 minutes.  After each one, she would leave the room with it, and the rad doctor would look, and tell her how to make the next shot.  A couple of them hurt, as I had to lie on the side of me where my new stoma is located.
 
They were watching how fluid flowed from the kidneys through the ureters, to make sure there weren't any strictures or scarring forming from the conduit surgery 5 months ago.  My dr will get results tommorow and will let me know if there are any issues.  If, they ever closed up, it could be real serious real fast, since my bladder is disconnected and non functioning, so this test may be repeated in the future.
 
None of it really hurt, the medical staff was great, done at a small local hospital about 3 blocks from where I live, could have walked if I wasn't such a slacker.  I lay there wonder just how much more radiation from all those films I was getting on top of all I have had.  Guess at this point it doesn't really matter at this point.
 
Well, next for fun, will be the new full body bone scan on Monday at the same hospital.
 
David

Purgatory
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   Posted 3/3/2011 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Just got the call, A-ok, no signs of early blockages, so that is some good news to report, one less thing to worry about
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 Not taking it
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/23/10

clocknut
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   Posted 3/3/2011 2:30 PM (GMT -6)   
David, I had an IVP test about 15 years ago to try to find out what was causing some pain.  It was negative, but I did learn I'm allergic to the dye, because I broke out in hives. 
 
Glad to hear something went right for you.

Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 3/3/2011 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   
David, Well finaly you got a break. The test show no problem. Glad that you made it ok through that test.

It was nice to see you in the chat room last night. Sorry I was not able to chat much. :

Cajun Jeff
9/08 PSA 5.4 referred to Urologist
9/08 Biopsy: GS 3+4=7 1 positive core in 12 1% cancer core
10/08 Nerve-Sparing open radicalSurgery Path Report Downgrade 3+3=6 GS Stage pT2c margins clea
r3 month: PSA <0.1
19th month: PSA <0.1
2 year PSA <0.1
Only issue at this time is ED but getting better

SubicSquid
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   Posted 3/3/2011 4:18 PM (GMT -6)   
David, Luckily, you didn't get any reaction to the dye.  I also got hives and my skin itched for more than a month.  You don't need any more problems. Hope the bone scan is negative also.  I do remember the radiologist telling me that some people had a severe reaction and stopped breathing.  He showed me a syringe on the counter and said that was the antedote.  He said it would take care of the reaction as long as he did not trip and drop it between the counter and me.  Some doctors really make you confident about procedures!!!!  Squid.

Purgatory
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   Posted 3/3/2011 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Jeff - it was fun making pokes at you in the chat, when we knew you couldn't always answer back, we all had a pretty good time, good place to unload and unwind.

Subic - fortunately never been allergic to the iodine based contrasts like they used today. They gave me a piece of paper to carry the rest of the day in case it did turn allergic, then if you had to go to ER, they would know what the deal was. I have already thrown it in the trash.

My right wrist is incredibly sore from the IV this morning, didnt hurt then, but sure dose now.

David
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 Not taking it
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/23/10
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