Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Results from TEE
Mark had a TEE (transesophageal endocardiography) this morning. The test involved placing a scope down Mark's throat to the esophagus to allow the Cardiologist to view Mark's heart from behind. As we mentioned last night, the echocardiogram they did yesterday showed a mass in one of the chambers of his heart. The TEE was done today to get a better view of the mass in an effort to determine what it is. Unfortunately, the TEE indicated the presence of another abnormality or mass in the superior vena cava or SVC which is a vein that leads to the heart. In addition, the Cardiologist is still uncertain exactly what the masses are. They could be clots, vegetations (a collection of bacteria, platelets, proteins, etc.), or a combination of the two. So, right now, we are waiting for the Transplant Team to consult with the Cardiologists to determine what to do. They started Mark on a blood thinner. Please continue to pray.