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Coma Life Support
Impossible to say: There are too many factors that would determine this, not simply the creatinine number. There are many patients with a creatinine of 6 who do not yet require dialysis, as well as those with a lower number who do. This is something best discussed with your nephrologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No one fixed answer: The real risk depends on other comorbid conditions such as the state of coronary and peripheral vessels , the condition of the cardiovascular system , the presense of diabetes and lipid levels . Also how compliant the patient is with thier medications and folow up with neurlogist pcp and cardiologist. ...Read more
It is possible. : Outcome after cardiac arrest is influenced by underlying health and age of the patient, cause of arrest, length of time before first response, length of resuscitation, events during resuscitation, and condition afterward. But it is sometimes (not always)possible to have a normal life. The medical team can help in the discussion about prognosis. ...Read more
Life for an amputee: The patient needs to be evaluated for arterial disease of his heart and brain. Peripheral artery disease (pad) is found system wide, not only in the legs. He should be scheduled for a stress echocardiogram to see if he has ischemic disease of his coronary arteries, if positive, angiography of his coronary vessels needs to be done. He also needs a carotid artery scan to see if he has disease there. ...Read more
Friends=Win, Win: Friendship and close, supportive relationships with others makes us feel whole, even if our bodies have limitations created by any disease process or accident. So, here is the win, win solution: working on improving your relationship with others will improve your own quality of life. ...Read more
34wk gestation, severe brain damage with only the brainstem active. Life expectancy? Quality of life?
Defer to Local Docs: I am very saddened to hear of this tragedy. Your question does not clarify if this is the mother or the infant with this traumatic situation. But, regardless, this situation is very severe and i would defer to the team caring for the patient on the ground in person. ...Read more
Nan 93yrs, 25% of kidney functioning, heart failing, fluid inside and out of lungs, Pneumonia. Max life expectancy without life support please?
Here are some ...: Hi! EmmaD, Sorry to see your facing how to manage the ending days of your nan; but, in a sense, being precious yet privileged to experience it. How long she would live still relies on the degree of supportive care with nutritional supply and drug use. If just keeping her as comfortable as possible, her life may come to end in 3-7 days although the last fighting days of life widely varies among all ...Read more
Will address CIDP: Short for chronic inflammatory demyelinating poly-radiculo-neuritis, an immune condition of the peripheral nervous system. If you do have it, and we have seen it associated with diabetes, it should best be treated with intravenous immune globulin. Should do just fine and live a normal life if all of this is treated and controlled. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Difficult situation: This is a complex question and depends upon the wishes of the patient (often only known by immediate family members by prior conversation), or if the patient has a living will or advance directive that clearly states their wishes. Without this information, the answer depends on (among many things) the severity of the stroke, the age of the patient and the estimated chances of a meaningful recovery. ...Read more
Meds, hydration: The issues to consider: reducing some existing meds (sometimes opioids), adding meds to help control delirium (often haloperidol is a first choice), and sometimes small amounts of hydration can be helpful. You should get an experienced clinician to help--if you're at home with someone, call the hospice or your doctor's office. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If someone has ascitites, kidney failure, end stage liver failure, how long would their life span be?
Pulmonary rehab: Yes it can.Get a more detailed answer ›
Depends on her/hosp: This depends on her deficits, the hospital that is caring for her, and if they are staffed with an experienced interventionalist , a neurosurgeon and a critical care unit experienced in aneurysm care. These latter elements are critical in the ultimate outcome of aneurysm patients. If the hospital that is currently taking care of her doesn't have all of the above, demand transfer to one that does. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A B C: Protect the airway - head to side and nothing in the mouth. Be sure breathing is adequate and airway is clear when they try to breath. Check the cardiac status that the heart is beating well and is perusing the brain. Once these issues are addressed, call for help, and then administer rescue medication if you have any available. Save the panic reaction to after completing above. ...Read more
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