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Causes Of Death Rattle
Terminal breathing: A death rattle, known clinically as terminal respiratory secretions or simply terminal secretions, is a sound often produced by someone who is near death when fluids such as saliva and bronchial secretions accumulate in the throat and upper chest. Those who are dying may lose their ability to swallow and may have increased production of bronchial secretions, resulting in such an accumulatiol ...Read more
Mucus in airway: When a person is so near death that they can no longer clear their throat or trachea by coughing, the secretions in the lung pool and their moving in the airstream produces this sound. Think of air moving in a partially-clogged part of your home ventilation system. ...Read more
Mom dying. Death rattle. What is the best position, flat or elevated to prolong her life?Heart rate strong. Breathing shallow oxygen 74%. How to help?
End of life: Not sure it will matter at this point try to find a comfortable position for her usually somewhat upright at 30-4 degree angle is ideal . Gather family . ...Read more
Plague: Yersinia pestis is the micro-organism that jumps from rats to humans and causes this deadly infection. The social causes had to do with crowding, and I'm told also to cats going out of fashion -- they're our friends as they kill off the rats that carry plague. Genetic archeology has identified the Yersinia subtypes causing each of the great plagues. ...Read more
Elephantiasis: Elephantiasis is the common name for filariasis, or infection by tropical parasitic larvae transmitted by mosquitoes. Filariasis is caused by nematodes (roundworms) that live in the lymphatics and subcutaneous tissues. There are at least 3 different species. It rarely causes death, but due to extreme swelling of body parts it causes much suffering ; disability. http://tinyurl.com/4mnoe. ...Read more
Very rare: By itself, stress (actually dis-tress, when a person cannot or will not solve a pressing problem) contributes to disease, but causes death by itself only in extreme situations (i.e., torture). There is a "pop" notion that in, say, a fatal fall from a high place that the heart stops before impact and the decedent feels nothing; it's not true but comforts survivors. ...Read more
Eventually: Angina is the symptom you experience when your heart is not getting enough blood because of blockages in the coronary arteries. Prolonged untreated can lead to heart failure, heart attack, and death. That being said, your coronary artery disease can usually be treated and you will not necessarily die. ...Read more
Yes: Cellulitis is a description of a skin infection most commonly caused by staphylococcus or streptococcus. If the organism causing the infection spreads to the blood stream sepsis and shock can result. Sepsis can be fatal, especially in someone with other medical problems like diabetes. ...Read more
Toothache? no: No one dies from a toothache. It can be excruciating painful in some cases but will not cause death. If you meant to ask can a problem with a tooth cause death, then the answer is: relatively rare but possible. If a tooth becomes infected from any number of reasons, the infection can spread to other parts of the body and cause serious complications, including in rare instances death. ...Read more
Paralyzes breathing: Tetanus makes the muscles contract all at the same time, which is very painful and eventually makes it impossible to breathe. If someone gets tetanus, and it happens because people can't get or refuse immunization, nowadays we can paralyze the patient and put him/her on a ventilator until the disease subsides. ...Read more
Several ways: Falciparum causes the organism-bearing red cells to stick together and sludge in the brain. Rapid destruction of red cells at the same time can make you anemic enough to cause death, or kill you by elevation the blood potassium, or freed hemoglobin shutting down the kidneys. A variety of more subtle mechanisms can also kill. Malaria is a neglected killer especially of the world's children. ...Read more
I don't mean to be..: Silly, but i can't resist saying "coming near death". Beyond that, i there are very serious researchers doing good work on this for decades +.You can find their results in long journal articles & in books or magazines written for everyday folk. It is not hard to believe that some bodies experience a lot at that time and, surviving it, people may retain powerful impressions. Talk w/ your therapist. ...Read more
Many causes: A severed artery or big vein, a ruptured organ most notably the liver, an ulcer or cancer causing bleeding into the gut, lack of platelets causing bleeding from the rectum, esopageal varices from liver disease that rupture and cause fatal vomiting or passage of blood -- all these and many others. The dying person feels primarily a sensation of cold; if you've lost someone you have my sympathy. ...Read more
SIDS: Also known as sudden infant death syndrome. This is when an otherwise healthy baby is put down to rest or sleep and when the parent checks on them finds them unresponsive. One theory for this is reflux which can happen during sleep and the infant aspirates stomach contents into the lungs and suffocates. ...Read more
Death by antihist: Doubtful. Allergists commonly prescribe much higher doses for severe allergy and hives. I always recommend you stick to recommended doses of otc medications unless prescribed by a physician since they have been well thought out to balance the effectiveness vs side effects of the drug. In the case of Cetirizine higher doses may increase sedation. ...Read more
Find the cause: Cellulitis is an inflammation (red, hot swollen and tender) of the skin and soft tissues. It can be cause by many things such as bacteria, sunburn, vein disease and trauma all of which have different treatments. Depending on where it occurs and what is the cause, changes the treatment. If you keep having recurrences, the treatments are wrong, seek another opinion. Death usually does not occur. ...Read more
Number of deaths for leading causes of death
•heart disease: 599, 413
•cancer: 567, 628
•chronic lower respiratory diseases: 137, 353
•stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 128, 842
•accidents (unintentional injuries): 118, 021
•alzheimer's disease: 79, 003
•diabetes: 68, 705
•influenza and pneumonia: 53, 692
•nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 48, 935
•intentional self-harm (suicide): 36, 90. ...Read more
Depends: Depends on the age, if the patient has an underlying disease and also the weather. Small babies can become dehydrated and die in a day. Older children and healthy teenagers, if they do not or drink anything can last for a couple of days ( can last as much as 7days). Same thing as healthy young adults. Senior patients and patients with liver or kidney disease might last less than that. ...Read more
Cinnamon is a caustic powder that contains cellulose. It can cause an immediate severe reaction and long term lung damage if inhaled. People who attempted the "cinnamon challenge" have required hospitalization after coughing and inhaling the powder. Those with cinnamon allergy, asthma, or other lung conditions risk death.
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/131/5/833.long. ...Read more
It can and it does: Ze patients eventually bleed to death from their eroded stomach linings, if they have not died first as a result of malnutrition from their damaged gut or the direct effects of their tumor. These folks also often have pituitary tumors and parathyroid disease, both life-threatening. Thankfully, ze is generally manageable. I admire your strength in asking -- be brave and beat this thing. ...Read more
Bleeding, high BP: Sadly, women are still dying around the world during childbirth. Some conditions could be prevented by better care and closer hospitals. Others cannot. Over the ages, leading causes of death eg infection have been better controlled in developed nations. However, it is still difficult to prevent progression of rising blood pressure as in preeclampsia and bleeding from placental or uterine problems. ...Read more
Commonly a blocked artery can cause sudden death, but also an old heart attack that caused scarring of the heart muscle or weak heart can predispose to sudden death.
Also sudden death can occur in patients with genetic abnormality that cause the heart to be enlarged.
Sudden death can occur with anomalies of coronary or with genetic abnormality that cannot be detected by echo or EKG. ...Read more
Several: There was a breakthrough a few months ago in the molecular biology of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The spinal atrophies (which is what stephen hawking probably really has) are genetically programmed. Poliomyelitis and a west nile variant selectively kill these cells when they become infected with a virus. ...Read more
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