Sunday, 21 June 2009

Diagnosis Day - 7th May 2009

We had a scan today and we were told the devastating news that there appears to be some of the abdominal contents in the thorax where the lungs should be growning and that this is keeping with the appearance of a right-sided congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). This occurs when the diaphragm does not form properly and the abdominal organs such as stomach, liver, bowels, spleen etc can slip through the hole and into the chest where the lungs should be growing. At this stage it looked like only bowels had slipped through. I felt like I had been hit over the head with a brick as I had been reading up on CDH and knew just how serious it was, this was the one diagnosis I really did not want to hear.

During the week I had been reading up on Prof Kypros Nicolaides who is an expert in fetal medicine. I knew he specialised in fetal medicine and diagnosis. Our consultant was still not 100% sure it was cdh and when I mentioned going to see prof Nicolaides for a second opinion she didnt think it could do any harm. She emphasised that she really was not sure, that she was certainly not prof Nicolaides and if he diagnosed something else she would not be surprised.

After speaking with his team we are heading over there next week to confirm.

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