Can anyone help interpret my CT scan report?

Posted by alsmail @alsmail, May 29 10:42am

My CT report states I have an ill -defined left perirectal added soft tissue density with apparent mass effect on the adjacent rectum. I went to ER with right flank pain and I thought it was my kidney again, so ER doctor ordered a CT and he said based on the finding I need to see a gastroenterologist. Any helpful information would be appreciated. Can’t get into Gastro doctor until 11 Jul.

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Not a doctor, so take with a grain or shaker full of salt.

Extremely simplified, it means you have some unusual observations found on the scan that need more expertise than he has, thus the referral to a GI doctor. From here, the GI doctor will likely do some sort of lighted visual examination of the area - possibly a colonoscopy, but more likely a sigmoidoscopy (a procedure to examine the insides of the rectum and the anus) or an anoscopy (a visual inspection of the anus) - depending of location and size of the unusual areas. In all these procedures, they may take a sample or several of the unusual tissue and have it analyzed for cancer (biopsy).

BTW - I'm sorry to bring up the c-word because the first reaction is fear.
It's too early to worry/panic about whether this is cancer. Other (non-cancerous) things can cause this, so be patient - wait for the GI doc and test results.

Hope this helps

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@rjjacobsen

Not a doctor, so take with a grain or shaker full of salt.

Extremely simplified, it means you have some unusual observations found on the scan that need more expertise than he has, thus the referral to a GI doctor. From here, the GI doctor will likely do some sort of lighted visual examination of the area - possibly a colonoscopy, but more likely a sigmoidoscopy (a procedure to examine the insides of the rectum and the anus) or an anoscopy (a visual inspection of the anus) - depending of location and size of the unusual areas. In all these procedures, they may take a sample or several of the unusual tissue and have it analyzed for cancer (biopsy).

BTW - I'm sorry to bring up the c-word because the first reaction is fear.
It's too early to worry/panic about whether this is cancer. Other (non-cancerous) things can cause this, so be patient - wait for the GI doc and test results.

Hope this helps

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rjjacobsen,

Thank you! I sit at a desk all day and have too much time on my hands so i get on the internet and do research. It was also found that I have a nodule on my adrenal gland, so I need to see and endocrinologist in July as well. I lost my dad to pancreatic cancer and my grandmother to breast cancer. So I let things get to my head. I do appreciate your words of encouragement!

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@alsmail

rjjacobsen,

Thank you! I sit at a desk all day and have too much time on my hands so i get on the internet and do research. It was also found that I have a nodule on my adrenal gland, so I need to see and endocrinologist in July as well. I lost my dad to pancreatic cancer and my grandmother to breast cancer. So I let things get to my head. I do appreciate your words of encouragement!

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When I had my work-up, the scans found numerous (like 18) kidney cysts, two liver cysts, two thyroid nodules and 6 small spots in the lungs which were too small to biopsy or analyze.

Very scary at first, but none of them changed a bit over three years of scans, thus they aren't likely anything malignant, but we still do regular scans at 6 month intervals to make sure they remain that way.

Also found a small hernia and spinal stenosis.

You find out all sorts of strange things when you start getting scanned - most of which aren't a big deal.

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@rjjacobsen

When I had my work-up, the scans found numerous (like 18) kidney cysts, two liver cysts, two thyroid nodules and 6 small spots in the lungs which were too small to biopsy or analyze.

Very scary at first, but none of them changed a bit over three years of scans, thus they aren't likely anything malignant, but we still do regular scans at 6 month intervals to make sure they remain that way.

Also found a small hernia and spinal stenosis.

You find out all sorts of strange things when you start getting scanned - most of which aren't a big deal.

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I'm glad yours are not cancerous! Thank you for the encouragement.

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