A 36-year-old female asked:
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65y/o male, w/colostomy bag, surgery 13wk ago&nothing but sick, vomiting some blood, dehydrated, feces in stomach, bags don't work.lost faith in doc.advise?

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Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Go to ER: If dehydrated and elderly, with vomiting, and sick--this is too complicated a patient to try to 'nurse' back to health at home--go to er for evaluation, blood tests, imaging, and IV fluids / medications. They may be able to identify what is going on. Call ems/911 if cannot get him there on own.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
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Dr. Andrew Braunstein
36 years experience General Surgery
Bowel obstruction: You may have a bowel obstruction or abscess from resolving infection. You need IV fluid, possible ct scan or xray, bloodwork and possible antibiotics. Many early bowel obstructions within weeks of surgery resolve with conservative medical care. Call your surgeon or go to the hospital if you are feeling really sick.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
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