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    Hi, I was just wondering if anyone knew how long it would take for hospital/GP to contact you if, MRI brain results were abnormal?

    My partner had a seizure (first one) 5 months ago. No other symptoms. He only saw a specialist and was referred for an MRI in April. Checking for brain tumour etc......It's been 5 weeks now since the scan and although they said the results where back and waiting for dictationship on 25th April and would hear by letter shortly,,we still have not received the results, nor has GP.....he has no follow up appt and has been discharged from neurology. But I'm worried sick in case there's something

    Thank you for any replies :)

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    TO BRAINTALK!

    My experience in the U.S. is that MRI results are available within days of the test and accessible to all involved physicians. In our community, we have an online health portal, where test results are posted for our viewing and information.

    Our friends and family in the UK typically encounter the kind of roadblock you're describing with obtaining results and follow up appointments.

    The GP should demand a copy of the results, and if that's not been the case, then I would recommend pursuing this with the GP. Be insistent that sufficient time has passed and that those results are very important for your partner's diagnosis and treatment, should it be necessary. Your partner, as the patient, should be the one to call the GP.

    I would also recommend a call to the location, where your partner had the MRI. Ask whether the results have been dictated and to whom and on what dates the results were sent. Ask if there is a medical record number associated with the results, which might help you track them down.

    Your partner has to be persistent, even if that means calling these people every day.

    An MRI detects any kind of brain abnormalities, not just tumors. There are a multitude of potential reasons for your partner's seizure. There are also other tests, like an EEG, which could determine whether your partner is showing any seizure activity.

    What kind of seizure did your partner have? Was it convulsive? Did he lose consciousness? How long did it last? Was he treated in an emergency room? Given any medications? Is he on medications now? Was he taking medications prior to the seizure, which could have caused it?

    Does he experience anything such as staring, twitching, spasms, headaches, forgetfulness, unusual smells or tastes?

    Learn more about seizures here:

    http://www.epilepsy.com/learn/types-seizures

    I hope that your partner will not have any more seizures and that you will be successful in finding out the MRI results.

    Please let us know how things turn out for you.

    Love & Light,

    Rose
    Mom to Jon, 47, (seizure disorder; Gtube; trache; colostomy; osteoporosis; hypothyroid; enlarged prostate; lymphedema, assorted mysteries) and Michael, 32, (intractable seizures; Gtube), who were born with an undiagnosed progressive neuromuscular disease and courageous spirits. Our Angel Michael received his wings in 2003 and now resides in Heaven. Our Angel Jon lives at home with me and Jim, the world's most wonderful dad.

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    Hi Rainbow1,

    Rose gave you some great information. Each time I've had a MRI I would know in about 1 week at the latest what's going on and what the MRI showed. As Rose mentioned give the GP a call and find out
    what the results were. If the GP has no information get ahold of the neuro who ordered the tests. I wish you and your partner only the best and May God Bless the both of You!

    Sue

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    Hello, thank you for your replies, it is appreciated.

    Yes he had a EEG as well which was normal in March.

    This was his first seizure (Dec). Got vision problems for a few minutes and he put himself on floor. It happened in a shop so they reported he had a tonic clonic seizure for 10 mins and was unconscious for duration. They took him to hospital but they reported no abnormalities in his bloods, blood pressure or anything so discharged to outpatients. No medications.

    He has no other symptoms currently. And has had no seizure activity since. He had the flu the week of the seizure and a chest infection which they gave him antibiotics for but they don't think it was related to the antibiotics as he said had them before.

    GP has still received no results. And we've been told by neuros secretary to wait for the results by letter anything between 4-5 weeks (which is this Saturday) so will ask him to call again in a few days.

    Just so worrying and just praying the MRI is clear or at least nothing serious and we've just been left all this time.

    Thank you for replying, god bless you

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    Hi Rainbows -- Every 18 months I have a routine MRI of my brain at a major hospital. Always, when it's done I wait an hour or two and and then see the neurosurgeon who has looked at all the film and has an report for me. I can't imagine waiting more than an hour or two and I've been doing this steadily since 2005.

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    ((((((Rainbows1)))))) ~

    I'm so sorry that you and your partner are being forced to wait a ridiculous amount of time for his MRI results. Of course, the waiting and not knowing is anxiety-producing and stressful. No one should ever have to endure this kind of wait for MRI results, but that is one of the drawbacks of socialized medicine.

    While you wait, try to be reassured that your partner is symptom and seizure free. If you're always worrying about another seizure or what the results indicate, you aren't fully living your life together. Try to focus on the positive things in your world, and put this on the back burner.

    Since your partner had the flu and a chest infection at the time of the seizure, I would suspect a correlation. Perhaps he had a fever? He was dehydrated? Maybe he took an over the counter medication, or an herbal remedy, which could have triggered the seizure?

    I hope you receive the results sooner rather than later. Please keep us updated.

    Love & Light,

    Rose
    Mom to Jon, 47, (seizure disorder; Gtube; trache; colostomy; osteoporosis; hypothyroid; enlarged prostate; lymphedema, assorted mysteries) and Michael, 32, (intractable seizures; Gtube), who were born with an undiagnosed progressive neuromuscular disease and courageous spirits. Our Angel Michael received his wings in 2003 and now resides in Heaven. Our Angel Jon lives at home with me and Jim, the world's most wonderful dad.

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    Hi everyone, well it's took 6 weeks and finally received a letter. Lots of consultant speak but basically 'no definite abnormalities' unable to identify anything that would indicate what caused his seizure, and unless he has another episode he has been discharged with no further action.

    So for now we're just living our lives and hoping he doesn't have any further episodes...

    I wanted to say thank you to all that took their time to reply to me as this did give me comfort and positivity during the long wait.

    God bless you

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