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When cachexia from emphysema causes emaciation, what can be done?

When cachexia from emphysema causes emaciation, what can be done?

Treatment: The goal of controlling dyspnea in patients with severe COPD can help. Using multiple inhalers (both short and long acting), a pde inhibitor (new drug class), plus exercise seems to help the most. However, weight loss due to COPD is a sign of severe illness and end of life planning (if not already done) should be considered strongly. ...Read more

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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Emaciation (Definition)

Emaciation is the clinical finding of extreme malnutrition or illness in which a person becomes extremely thin with significant ...Read more


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Can you tell me how i can reverse emaciation caused by anxiety and depression?

Can you tell me how i can reverse emaciation caused by anxiety and depression?

Are you sure: There are no physical reasons for your emaciation? If other issues have been ruled put, start working with a psychologist and/or a psychiatrist. Work on reducing anxiety and depression. Some antidepressant medications reduce appetite so consult with them to be sure you take the right medication. Speak with a dietician to come up with a diet that will help you regain weight. ...Read more

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How are emaciation and pancreatic disease linked?

How are emaciation and pancreatic disease linked?

Several reasons: 1. Diabetes out of control- you break down fat/ muscle when sugars high 2. If lack pancreatic enzymes which help absorb nutrients, lose nutrients in stool, don't absorb them so essentially patient is 'starving'. ...Read more

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How does an alcoholic be so emaciated when consuming so many calories?

How does an alcoholic be so emaciated when consuming so many calories?

Alcohol is toxic: The calories are offset by the toxic effects of the alcohol on all of the organ systems in the body, especially when alcohol is consumed instead of food. ...Read more

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What if an emaciated person with anorexia nervosa asks me on how she looks like, how should I respond?

What if an emaciated person with anorexia nervosa asks me on how she looks like, how should I respond?

Honest- tactful: I think it is fair to be honest in a tactful manner. People with anorexia nervosa have distorted body images & reality based feedback can be beneficial. Just do so gently. Take care. ...Read more

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My eyes seem to be going deeper intosockets. This makes my face look emaciated. How do I treat this please?

My eyes seem to be going deeper intosockets.  This makes my face look emaciated. How do I treat this please?

Unusual: observation. The eyes don't change position because of the muscle attachments. In the absence of any other symptoms, I suspect the tissue around the eye may be changing, which could be affected by hydration status, inflammation such as in allergic rhinoconjunctivitis, or even kidney/liver disease. Get a direct evaluation by a physician or optometrist for more direct recommendation. ...Read more

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For days my skin glows, lips are red, face looks healthy. Then skin becomes dull, lips darker and face looks emaciated for a few days. Cycle repeats.

For days my skin glows, lips are red, face looks healthy. Then skin becomes dull, lips darker and face looks emaciated for a few days. Cycle repeats.

Dermatologist: You need an objective eye to see what you are describing to work on a treatment for your skin and body. Nutrition is a big part of good skin, but science, specifically dermatology, can work wonders with what your DNA has given you for life. Genetics is what we're born with, but if this is not a systemic illness, a dermatologist could help. I suggest you see a GP when your skin is dull, to start ...Read more

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What is the best way to prevent emaciation when treating cancer that has spread to the lungs?

What is the best way to prevent emaciation when treating cancer that has spread to the lungs?

Diet: I assume emaciation would be the result of loss of appetite secondary to chemotherapy and or radiation. This can be compensated by taking Progesterone (megace) for improving appetite or complete B by mouth and if necessary hyperalimentation given IV daily to increased caloric intake. ...Read more