Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Angiogram results

The angiogram showed that the tumor was most likely not a glomus tumor as first expected.  Dr. Klopfenstein thinks it is an endolymphatic sac tumor which is extremely rare, only 100 or so reported cases.  Because the tumor has not yet been biopsied or tested by a pathologist, it is still uncertain which type of tumor it is for sure.

The next step is a meeting with Dr. Klopfenstein tomorrow morning to discuss the next steps.  He has asked us to pray about how aggressive we want him to be in removal of the tumor.  Being more aggressive decreases recurrence, but increases the risk of damage to the facial nerve.

Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

Derek & Leann, Lexi, Wesley, & Whitley


  1. Hi Leann -
    Just wanted to let you know we're thinking of you and praying for your family today, especially for peace about the decision on how to proceed. Our Bible study meets again today. We'll miss you as always.
    Looking forward to when this chapter is written and we can look back and say that yes, God is always faithful and His love is still the same.
    We love you all -
    Dale Meg Maria

  2. We are prayerful for all of you. May you feel God's nearness, even in the midst of this storm.
    -Paul & Betsy Hany