I was sent a small ultrasound machine to test. I asked my 8 year old son if I could scan his aorta. This is the scan which sent a ripple through our lives.
Describe and interpret these scans
Image 1: Transverse scan abdominal aorta superior to inferior. A homogeneous mass is seen lying in the left retroperitoneum adjacent to the aorta and inferior to the left renal vein.
Image 2: Longitudinal view through the left kidney. The mass is seen sitting at the left renal hilum. My heart paused, I got a lump in my throat. What to do – ignore or investigate?
The story continues
Further evaluation of the incidentaloma
Image 3 and 4
Image 3: Image measuring the mass in longitudinal and transverse sections.
Image 4: Colour Doppler interrogation of the mass.
Image 5: Nuclear medicine scan reported as showing a mass consistent with a neural crest tumour. Neuroblastoma is the most common of these.
Image 8: Laparoscopic resection of the mass.
Histology showed this was a benign schwannoma. Ben has recovered well and we so appreciate the professionalism and kindness shown by those who cared for him and supported us through the adventure.
Look out for the incidentaloma.
They are common, make for difficult conversations and challenging decision making, and can permanently impact patients lives and those of their families.