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Can You Die From Gallstones
It is rare: Diverticulitis has various potential complications which ranges from minor infection which responds well to oral antibiotics, to severe infection and peritonitis caused by spillage of stool from colon into the abdominal cavity. In severe cases it usually needs surgery and in these cases patient may end up having a colostomy. These days it is so rare to die from diverticulitis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Highly Unlikely: Most people with gallbladder disease are troubled by transient episodes of pain, often after eating (biliary colic). If the gb is obstructed by a stone, inflammation can develop, but it rarely leads to an infection. If a stone exits the gb, it can block the: liver, potentially leading to serious liver infections (cholangitis), or the pancreas, leading to pancreatitis; very rarely, this is fatal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Fulminant colitis from whatever cause can lead to death from sepsis in the untreated scenerio. Ulcerative colitis can lead to colon cancer over time. C. Diff colitis causes overwhelming infections occasionally in critically ill patients. Colitis requires a thorough examination with colonoscopy and biopsies for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
Yes: Rotavirus group a is the leading cause of viral gastroenteritis worldwide. It causes a dehydrating diarrhea in infants and young children. More than a half-million infants and young children worldwide die of rotavirus gastroenteritis each year (parashar et al, 2009). Fatalities from viral gastroenteritis are more likely to occur in those at the extremes of age or the immunocompromised. ...Read more
Rarely: Chronic constipation (obstipation) can cause dilation of bowel, rarely can cause an ulcer in bowel, rarely can cause perforation, which could lead to death. Some conditions that cause severe constipation might be severe enough (if untreated) to cause death. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
From renal failure: Obstructing kidney tones on both sides or one side if there is a single functioning kidney can lead to renal failure, and if untreated to death. Enlarging metabolic or infectious staghorn stones occupying all drainage space within kidney will gradually destroy the organ and untreated lead to kidney failure and death. Hence large or enlarging kidney stones should be removed and then prevented. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If v.large/obstructs: Very unusual to die from bladder stone. Would have to remain untreated with huge bladder stone occupy the entire bladder and obstructingt inflow of urine. Or stone in a bladder diverticulum (outpouching) and obstructing ureter from single functioning kidney. I had a patient with neurogenic bladder + large grapefruit size bladder stone, weighing >2lbs, which would have killed her if left untreated. ...Read more
Rarely: In most cases the cause of rhabdomyolysis is benign and reversible like trauma, excessive exercise, drugs, infections, toxins.. And. The treatment is hydration and preventing kidney failure in addition to treating the cause. Rarely do these cases kill the patient. In rare cases the cause of rhabdomyolysis has a bad prognosis like myositis and myopathy and here the underlying disease is what kills. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Schistosomiasis bad: Chronic schistosomiasis is the inflammatory response caused by schistosome eggs deposited in intestine, carried to liver by way of portal circulation, or that reach the lungs or other sites thru the bloodstream. The degree of pathology depends on the worm burden & the host's immune response but can result in varices with bleed, ascites, lung fibrosis, & diseases of gallbladder, kidney, appendix. ...Read more
Not likely: Adenoitis is an infection of the adenoid tissue. Most adults don't have this anymore..But kids may have large adenoid that can become infected leading to sinus and throat infections. Although it is possible to lead to death, it is not likely. It can however cause serious problems in immunocompromised patients. ...Read more
Rarely: A few boys/men have a genetic defect that causes progressive illness with epstein barr virus (ebv) infection. In most people ebv causes a self limited febrile illness, ie. Mono. Ebv is implicated in some cancers, e.g., burkitt lymphoma, nasopharyngeal cancer, which can be lethal. ...Read more
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