Tuesday, August 19, 2008

At the Doctors' Office

On Tuesday, Thien Nhan was examined by pediatric urologist Dr. Daniel Herz (in photo) and rehab physician Dr. Robert Deters at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. On Thursday, Dr. Herz will perform a urethral dilation, and use an internal scope to determine the condition of Thien Nhan's urethra in order to plan for future reconstructive surgery. The child's urethra may need to be reattached to the skin. Thien Nhan will be put under anesthesia during the procedure and have a catheter inserted for about three days afterwards. The doctors will also run blood tests to ascertain Thien Nhan's testosterone levels so as to establish what type of hormone therapy might be needed in the future. Based on his initial exam, Dr. Herz was optimistic that the core genital structure remains, which is good news for Thien Nhan's future reconstructive surgery.

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