The test results from the EKG, and the echo were both pretty good, but the chest CT showed "an air-filled esophagus". It took me a while to get a good answer on that but it boils down to they likelihood of dysphasia in the muscles of her throat. The nurse practitioner replied, "
When Emily was first diagnosed with Dermatomyositis, they did an upper GI and found that the muscles on one side were not functioning properly. That made sense at the time; she was having trouble swallowing, she was losing her voice, and her bird-like appetite became worse. This time... I wasn't expecting this. It was really rather out of the blue. And I can't help but wonder, if there is dysphasia, how long has it been present? Is it a result of the Dermatomyositis, or is it a scleroderma feature? I had noted that her AST, one of the liver enzymes, was just a touch elevated. It hadn't been elevated in at least a year. My new mantra has become, "there is no point in worrying when you don't know for sure what you are worrying about." In every other way she is currently doing fabulously!