Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Meeting with Dr. Sollenberger

While in the hospital many of the tests taken showed that Scott's thyroid was overproductive. Once discharged from the hospital, Dr. Dean scheduled an appointment for Scott to meet with an endocrinologist to review these test results and to see what treatment, if any, is needed. Scott met with Dr. Sollenberger at The Salem Center this afternoon. Dr. Sollenberger told us that Scott's test results were up and down throughout both stays in the hospital. He further explained that he is not entirely sure if this is a result of the number of seizures Scott endured or if Scott truly has hyperthyroidism. But Dr. Sollenberger did point out that hyperthyroidism is not common in men and especially not in those whose family have no history of the disease. (As far as we know, no one in Scott's family has ever been disgnosed with hyperthyroidism.) Based on the previous test results, Dr. Sollenberger decided to order a blood test to get a current reading of Scott's triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) thyroid hormone levels. He stated that if he found an abnormality in these results then we would start Scott on medication. He also explained that this medication would not counteract with Scott's AEDs. We expect to hear the results from the blood test within the next day or two. I'll update everyone once we hear back from Dr. Sollenberger's office.

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