After a routine, oh you're fifty now, exam at a urologist, he said ultrasound showed a ureterocele
and a possible choledochocele
. He said don't worry but get a CT scan just to make sure he was right.
He was right. I have a ureterocele, which basically if it doesn't cause harm, leave it alone. Also a choledochocele, which he also said is probably benign, but go see a Gastroenterologist since this isn't his specialty. He said I have nothing to worry about.
Of course as soon as got home I looked up choledochocele and learned it is a cyst on my bile duct. Different medical sources say it is a problem, and has a small but significant chance of leading to cancer, to others saying that a choledochocele is different from a bile duct cyst and that it is *not* a risk factor for cancer.
As an added bonus, I saw the CT scan report from the radiologist and it mentioned 'at least 6 cysts' on my liver. My urologist didn't mention that. I didn't notice it until I got home. Of course the Internets basically say that lots of people have liver cysts and they are almost always benign and of no consequence, especially if asymptomatic. A lot of people don't even know they have them until they get a CT scan for something else. My experience, no strangeness in blood, no symptoms at all, but still the nagging thoughts in the back of my mind...
When a layperson hears somethingocele, mass, cyst in his or her innards,said layperson will likely freak out. Even if told it is nothing. Even if this was probably a condition he had lived with unknowingly his or her entire life. Intellectually I know this, and I also know there are no guarantees but the odds are incredibly good that it is of no account. Yet *someone* has to be the rare unlucky exception statistic.
So I know YANMD, but if you are a medical professional with some knowledge, or if you have similar experiences any added or firsthand info would be greatly appreciated.
I do have an appointment with a gastroenterologist on Jan3rd (first day I could get). She comes extremely well regarded from my wife and a friend who've both gone to her.
Bonus question, should I go instead to a hepatologist, since it is liver + bile duct?