1. Complex left lower renal pole 1.9 cm cystic lesion. Further
evaluation with dedicated MRI abdomen with and without IV contrast
2. Osseous structures are described in a separate report
I asked Dr. Barlogie if this was a problem, then wouldn't it have shown up as active in the prior year's PET scan. He looked into it and found that it was in his words HOT in the 3/16 PET scan. As with the MRI, the PET scan was not finalized by the time I left Mt. Sinai but was finalized after I had returned home. I nor Dr. Barlogie made note of the following impression.
1. No hypermetabolic lytic lesion is identified to suggest active
2. Mildly hypermetabolic ovoid lesion at the left lower pole should be
evaluated with dedicated multiphasic MR imaging with contrast.
After a few emails with Dr. Barlogie he recommended I get an ultrasound and later a MRI to determine if this is renal carcinoma. The results of these studies resulted in the following diagnosis.
I have a Bosniak III cyst (2.0 cm) in the inferior pole of the left kidney, and have an appointment with a Mayo surgeon, Dr. Klein at Mayo Jax on 5/17. So OH CRAP, I may have dueling cancers! You are your own best advocate and need to make sure you get copies of all your reports and read the summary. If I hadn't, I may have been waiting another year before this kidney issue was identified. Hopefully we have found it in the early stages and it can be removed without removing one of my kidneys, which are already marginal from the original myeloma. One thing for sure is I do not want to go back on dialysis.
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