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Gemm83 Tue 14-Jan-20 20:03:02

I'm after someone with medical knowledge or someone who's had the same kind of experience please......

DH has just been sent a text message saying at the request of his GP an appointment has been made for him next Wednesday to have an ultrasound. That's it. Nothing as to why or anything. He has had a number of blood tests recently as part of his yearly health check.

I told him to call the docs to ask what it's all about and surprisingly (๐Ÿ™„) they are closed. Me being me (overthinker, anxiety) thinks its really shitty to send that kind of message at that time of night without specifying what it's for. I'm now shitting myself that something is seriously wrong ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Question is what do they normally use ultrasound on blokes for?

He has been on medication for gout for a couple of years.. Could it be linked to this??

He will call tomorrow but I spose I'm just after a bit of reassurance ๐Ÿ˜•
TIA

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Jellykat Tue 14-Jan-20 20:14:19

While i couldn't guess what the ultrasound may be for..
I had a text on a Friday evening from my hospital, confirming an appointment i knew nothing about the following Monday.
Obviously no-one wouldve been in the appointments office at that time, so i deduced the texts must be automatically sent, and therefore contain no details other then the appointment date and time.
Not much help i know, but your DHs case isn't unusual.. Ring your GP tomorrow, i'm expect they're just being thorough..

NanTheWiser Tue 14-Jan-20 21:22:53

AFAIK, the only ultrasound screening for men is for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, and that is only routine for over 65s (you don't say how old he is).

Gemm83 Wed 15-Jan-20 07:31:41

@NanTheWiser

He's 42 ๐Ÿ˜•

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AppropriateAdult Wed 15-Jan-20 07:37:23

It could be lots of things, OP, honestly. If his recent bloods showed an abnormality in his liver or kidney tests, for example, then the next step might be to scan those organs. It certainly doesnโ€™t mean thereโ€™s anything seriously wrong. As a GP I order ultrasounds fairly frequently and the majority do not end up revealing anything serious.

Gemm83 Wed 15-Jan-20 09:58:52

@AppropriateAdult

Thankyou for this ๐Ÿ˜˜

He's not bothered, and his not bothered-ness is what's pissing me off more now!! ๐Ÿ˜”

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Gemm83 Wed 15-Jan-20 11:20:53

@AppropriateAdult

He's just spoken to the receptionist and it's because his liver function on blood tests has come back abnormal... He's only 42! Liver shouldn't be packing up yet??!! ๐Ÿ˜”

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AppropriateAdult Wed 15-Jan-20 11:26:01

It's not unusual to find some abnormalities in liver function tests in middle aged men. Sometimes it's due to being overweight or drinking a bit too much - I don't know if either of those things might apply in your husband's case? Can be medication-related also. There are lots of potential causes, anyway, and most of them aren't any reason to panic.

Gemm83 Wed 15-Jan-20 11:36:25

Both unfortunately ๐Ÿ˜•

He's also been on allopurinol and colchicine for atleast 2 years to keep gout at bay/gout attack ๐Ÿ˜•

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justaweeone Wed 15-Jan-20 17:44:16

My Dh was referred for a ultrasound on his liver due to abnormal bloods
It was fine

Cheesey21 Wed 15-Jan-20 18:01:10

My husband had to go for an ultrasound as his liver function test came back abnormal and it turned out to be gallstones so not always anything major.

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