I'm scheduled to start chemo on Friday. I just got the results of my PET/CT scan this afternoon. There was a comment that the tip of the MediPort put in when I had my mastectomy was overlying the region of the left atrium, raising the possibility of passage of the catheter through an atrial septal defect.
Has anyone heard of this happening? Since I've been home from the surgery I've noticed I get palpitations sometimes when I lean over while sitting.
The doctor didn't mention this when she gave me the report and I was too overcome with relief that no mets were found that I didn't read the whole report at the time.
Normally, port catheters are threaded into the veins, and the tips of which may lodge in an area of the heart, mostly in the right atrium. However, if there is indeed an atrial septal defect (a communication or hole between the two atria) then the tip can pass to the left atrium.
Atrial septal defects can indeed be asymptomatic, but I still suggest that you have this evaluated with tests such as a 2D echocardiogram. Regards.
I've had 2 echocardiograms, a muga scan, a nuclear stress test and countless EKGs for various issues. I've had a murmur since childhood and was once diagnosed with a prolapsed valve (hence the echocardiograms), which the last echocardiogram disproved. I would think with all of this testing an atrial septal defect would have been found by now (I'm 54).
My biggest concern is that the tip is placed in such a postion, it will cause a major crisis on Friday morning.
I'm still waiting for my doctor to get back to me on this.
Copyright 1994-2017MedHelp International.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.