Patient :Hi, I went for a CT scan of my back which was sore have had spinal fusion T11-L1. Degeneration of facets joints was reported and Co-insidentley on CT a bulky head of pancreas and a pericardial effusion evident. Waiting for US to both areas. I am so stressed being a nurse. Can you help by explaining what are the causes of theses findings as my GP did not say much waiting for US.
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There are two different issues:
1. Spinal Fusion and degenerative bone disease.
2. Chronic Pancreatitis.
Cause needs to be evaluated.
I would advise you to get:
1. Hemogram with ESR
3. Serum Amylase and Lipase
4. Ultrasound Abdomen to see for status of liver.
5. Liver and Kidney Function test.
I hope it helps.
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