Wednesday, May 23, 2012

ACC Sometimes Misdiagnosed

Patty’s ear problems started at age 16. She wasn’t diagnosed until age 25. She’s now 29.

Not everyone wants their name out on the web, so I’ll call this patient Patty. 

It’s not unusual for ACC to be diagnosed. From the time Patty turned 16 she complained about problems with her ears. Her family lived in the Kansas City area, not Podunk in the boonies. Her parents took her to one specialist after another.

Frequently Patty had irritation, inflammation and other symptoms. The ENTs treated her with ear drops, steroids, and various other miscellaneous medications.

By the time Patty went to college she’d seen three different ENT’s. None of them could figure out the repeated episodes of pain. The 4th ENT decided to perform a minor surgery to remove the scar tissue from her ear and graft skin from her arm onto the surface of the ear canal.

When the doctor sent the scar/inflamed tissue to the pathology lab for a routine biopsy, it came back Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (ACC). Even that fourth ENT didn’t think the Patty’s ear problems were anything to worry about—not until the biopsy returned.

Remember, doctors are human, God is divine. Second, third and even fourth opinions are sometimes necessary to find the absolute truth. ACC is one of the rare cancers many ENT’s never see in a lifetime.

I will say to the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. Psalm 91:2

For more information ACCOI

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