"There's a myth that anyone who has a liver problem has brought it on themselves" This quote is from a Crohn's disease patient living with a blocked portal vein hoping for a liver transplant (Independent 31st Oct 2010)

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Dr Caravan-a-nan

First appointment with the gastroenterologist at my local NHS trust hospital. His name has a whole series of a's and v's and n's and rhymes with caravan. He's no nonsense and I like him. He revises the GPs idea of an ultrasound and organises a CT scan in 8 days. He also organises more blood tests, this time a series of HBV ones to clarify the antibody/antigen situation plus a DNA one to see how quickly the virus is replicating. I'm now 'active' hepatitis instead of the 30+ years of being 'inactive'. Time to decide if family should be tested again. The specialist hepatic/pancreatic/biliary team at North Manchester hospital will look at the scan and results via video link in a joint multi-disciplinary meeting with Dr Caravan-a-nan.

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