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Can You Die From Serum Sickness
Unfortunately...Yes: Serum sickness got it's name from reactions after treatments with high doses of horse serum given for treatments snake bites or tetanus. Antibiotics can also cause this. The persons antibodies clump with the foreign serum proteins. These clumps (immune complexes) can clog small blood vessels in the skin, mucous membranes, joints, kidneys and intestines. Fulminant severe reaction can be fatal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Serum sickness is a type of hypersensitivity reaction (type iii immune reaction) that occurs when the immune system develops antibodies to a foreign protein. The antibody and the foreign protein combine to form an immune complex (ic) that can settle in areas of the body such as the joints or the kidney. The ic can damage these areas and cause arthralgias ...Read more
Yes, depending on ..: Severity and intervention. Hematocrits can fall to where o2 delivery is insufficient to support organ function, particularly the heart, which must work even harder due to severe anemia. Death can occur. If anemia develops slowly, patients can compensate to even very low hematocrits, but then precipitously decompensate. In contrast, rapid development may preclude compensation w/ grave consequences. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Almost never: However, it is several days of misery, and if you are pregnant, it is likely that your unborn child will end up blind and/or deaf and/or seriously deformed and/or mentally handicapped. Before immunization, when one girl in a community came down with "german measles", all the other girls would be invited to a slumber party with her in hopes they'd catch it and thus be immune. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Almost never, but...: Fainting, as it often happens when not quite enough blood flows to the brain, not due to a heart problem, leads to a quick awakening once the person is lying down for a minute or two. A primary care doctor can evaluate to see if it is just this or more. If one is really unlucky, such as fainting when he is sweeping leaves off his second story roof, he'll tumble off, land on the concrete, and die. ...Read more
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
Yes, get flu vaccine: Yes, you can die from the flu. I assume when you say flu you mean influenza. There are vaccines to prevent influenza such as the flu shot and the intranasal flu vaccine (flumist). They have been proven to reduce the frequency of death from influenza. I recommend the vaccine for my patients even when they say, "i've gotten the flu shot for the last three years and every year i got really sick!". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes absolutely: One can die due to a very low hemoglobin level- for instance due to massive bleeding- due to lack of oxygenation on the vitals organ causing cell deaths , organ failure and ultimately death. The incidence is low in the usa, as we do have much better access to medical center. In the other part of the world- those happen frequently unfortunately. ...Read more
Maybe: From a pressurized wet tank - but the people operating the tank pressures would have to be really screwing it up - for this to occur. I should note - I am not talking about the tall wet tanks that are used to teach underwater welding or diving. I guess if you were underwater long enough - it could occur w one of these. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Yes you can: Different chemos have the potential to cause death in many ways: low white cells leading to serious infections, low platelets causing bleeding, heart problems or kidney failure. It is not common to die of chemo side effects but as always, the benefit has to outweigh the risks everytime we use these drugs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes you can: Hyperthyroidism or grave's disease can cause death if untreated. It can affect many organs of the body, but particularly the heart. Arrhythmias, high output failure and changes in the heart size can occur. Psychological issues can arise and many others. This is a very serious condition. In a medically compromised patient or the elderly or one with underlying cardiac dz, it can be very serious. ...Read more
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