I'm not freaking out about this, per se, but I'm just curious to see if anyone else has experienced this:
I had an abdominal ultrasound last October and never heard back from my doctor regarding there being anything bad and didn't really think of it again.
Recently, I lost my health insurance and thought it might be a good idea to get a copy of my records from my doctor to have on hand, in case I need to start seeing a new doc or whatnot sometime in the future. So I went to pick them up today and took a look at the abdo scan results, as I've never seen them before. Liver, gallbladder, pancreas, bile duct, etc, etc, all there were fine. When I got to the part about my kidneys, it said my right kidney was fine, measuring 11 centimeters, yet my left kidney measured only 7-something centimeters in size, and due to the fact that they're not symmetrical, it could be "secondary to left renal atrophy." There was a follow-up comment stating that a follow CT scan could be helpful.
Wow, what a phrase. I called my doctor right up and asked her what she thought, and she said that right now, no action is needed, as I don't exhibit the signs of renal failure, and I could very well have been born that way, with one kidney smaller than the other. She said that further diagnostic tools may be helpful if there comes a time when I start to have kidney problems. And that also the radiologist, who has no prior knowledge of the patient, needs to suggest follow-up tests no matter what abnormality they see, to cover their own behinds.
So there you go. Has anyone else experienced this? Or have had your doctor tell you otherwise? I'm not totally panicking, because hey I can live with one kidney and who knows if there's even a problem. It was just kind of shocking to read that on a report.