"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)

Monday, 1 October 2012


Ultrasound today.  The only u/s I've had, ordered by Dr S my gastro.  Not sure why.  Neither was the radiographer, who noted it had been requested as part of my HCC surveillance and, like me, was of the view that 6-monthly MRI scans will be monitoring me far better.

Anyway she reassured me that I had no ascites (tick), my liver is a bit lumpy and bumpy not smooth and shiny (tick), my spleen is fine (tick), and the blood flow through the portal vein is normal (tick).  She also reassured me that ultrasounds are very quick and therefore relatively cheap for the NHS and not to feel extravagant about unnecessary procedures!


  1. Ultrasounds are great in that they require no needles. :) Though the gel can be cool, I'd take that any day over a needle being inserted.

    And woohooo (!!) for all of those good ticks.


  2. Hi Catherine. Have you got a blog on http://www.facingcancer.ca/ and if so, how do I find it!

  3. Yeah!!!! Fiona,
    I love hearing good news: )