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8/20/2016 Latest post:
On August 16th, William went in for an MRI, after a slew of tests trying to discover the source of his persistent vomiting, dizziness, speech changes, coordination problems and vision problems. In the MRI they saw a mass in his brain, unfortunately, due to the noise of the MRI, William was unable to sit still, and the images were not very clear, all we knew for sure was that there was a tumor. We were admitted to the hospital, and scheduled for another MRI with contrast and sedation the next day.
The results from the second MRI showed what the doctors believe is a cystic tumor; that is creating a lot of fluid, which of course is creating pressure. The medical term is Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma. The MRI also showed a second tumor smaller, right next to the first.
The surgeon explained that when they remove the cystic tumor they will drain the fluid causing pressure, and get a sample of the second tumor, but they are not going to try and remove them both at once.
We are scheduled for surgery on Thursday the 25th of August, 2016.