I had a CT Pet Scan of the lung performed in August of 2006. This was a full body scan ie(skull-thigh). I have a pulmonary nodule that increased in size during a 3 month period. My pulmonary doctor suspected lung cancer. Fortunate for me there was no lung cancer.
It was stated in the radiologist report from the pet scan that I had end stage kidney atrophy of the right kidney. My pulmonary doctor never discussed these findings with me. I assumed that my pulmonary doc sent my PCP a copy of the pet scan. I also assumed that since I did not hear from my PCP about my Pet scan results that all was fine. (never assume)
Two months after the Pet scan I went into my PCP's for a flu shot. I took a copy of the Pet scan results and gave them to my PCP. Just in case he never got the report. I wanted to know what is atrophy of the kidney.
Needless to say my PCP was very upset that the other doctor did not discuss all the results of the scan with me. My PCP immediately ordered a BUN/Creatine blood work. The BUN/Creatine results were negative. My kidneys are working fine.
I was in to see my PCP a few weeks ago and I asked him if the Kidney Atrophy was a closed book since the blood work came back negative. My PCP said that the book would remain open and that I would need to get the BUN/Creatine done every 6 months.
My question is why would a radiologist state that I have kidney atrophy, end stage to boot and the blood work results were negative? I am very confused here. Did the radiologist make a mistake reading the pet scan results or did the lab make a mistake in the blood work. Now I have this on my medical record adding to a list of pre-existing conditions that I already have.