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Life expectancy of previously never sick, active healthy 67 year old after colon cancer surgery +12 rounds chemo, 6 months later spread to liver&lung?

Life expectancy of previously never sick, active healthy 67 year old after colon cancer surgery +12 rounds chemo, 6 months later spread to liver&lung?

Your best bet: Is to review a question like this with your medical oncologist. There are many different factors that contribute to survival statistics and you want to make sure you're being provided with accurate information. This requires a more complete understanding of your medical/oncologic history. ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
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Transplant (Definition)

In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more


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Subsequent to heart surgery patients suffers acute renal failure, dialysis done breifly then low b.P occurs now dialys?

Subsequent to heart surgery patients suffers acute renal failure, dialysis done breifly then low b.P occurs now dialys?

Depends : Very low blood pressure sometimes hurts kidney function. The need for dialysis in the acute hospital setting is determined by complications of poor kidney function. Your physician can help explain this in the context of the specific patient. ...Read more

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Mom is 55 F HCV, ESLD massive splenomegaly, decomp cirrhosis, 11cm liver & recurring HE. & gast bleeds, depression. Can she survive transplant?

Mom is 55 F HCV,  ESLD massive splenomegaly,  decomp cirrhosis, 11cm liver & recurring HE. & gast bleeds, depression.  Can she survive transplant?

Yes: Her mortality would depend on her MELD score. Should explore deceased and living donor transplant. Hepatitis C treatment has evolved with excellent cures and is well tolerated. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with acute alcohol induced hepatitis and early cirrhosis denied a liver transplant bleeding and infection are risks. On dialysis--prognosis?

Diagnosed with acute alcohol induced hepatitis and early cirrhosis denied a liver transplant bleeding and infection are risks. On dialysis--prognosis?

Still drinking?: Acute liver injury due to alcohol use is unlikely to have a good outcome unless abstinence occurs. That is the only chance of surviving. The kidney injury may improve - insufficient info to respond. Top priority now is alcohol abuse treatment. - for long term prognosis. ...Read more

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My brother had a liver transplant at age of 4 he is now 14 he had acute liver failure his donor was a living donor how long should his new liver last?

My brother had a liver transplant at age of 4 he is now 14 he had acute liver failure his donor was a living donor how long should his new liver last?

Too many variables: ...which can be explored in further depth. However, HealthTap doctors are asked to defer answering questions posed by individuals under 16. Sorry we can't be of more help. ...Read more

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2 dialysis done. Kidney stopped functioning. Createnine reduced to 12 frm 17 after first dialysis. Kidney size normal. Is there any chance of revival?

2 dialysis done. Kidney stopped functioning. Createnine reduced to 12 frm 17 after first dialysis. Kidney size normal. Is there any chance of revival?

Recovery?: You best resource for the answer to your question is the nephrologist (n) taking care of you. The questions to ask your n are: do you have acute renal failure? Does your n expect your kidney function to return? If you had acute renal failure, due to drugs that affected the kidney or due to low bp, recovery may be possible. Your n can and should give more information about your prognosis. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm 22 months out liver transplant due to "cryptogenic cirrhosis" now have stage 3 fibrosis with bridging. No hepc. Lupus. Progression/prognosis?

I'm 22 months out liver transplant due to "cryptogenic cirrhosis" now have stage 3 fibrosis with bridging. No hepc.  Lupus. Progression/prognosis?

Discuss with doc: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Polycystic kidneys led 2 transplant 5 yrs ago. Works & labs great. Still severe chronic pain from cystic kidneys. Would mj 4 pain hurt transplant?

Polycystic kidneys led 2 transplant 5 yrs ago.  Works & labs great.  Still severe chronic pain from cystic kidneys.  Would mj 4 pain hurt transplant?

. Surgery: I am not sure what mj is, but your history shows you are taking rx meds for pain so otc meds may not work. If you are still experiencing pain after all this time you may need to have surgery to reduce the size of your kidneys. I would recommend talking to yor nephrologist and/or transplant surgeon for further guidance. ...Read more

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End stage kidney disease(pkd). Recurrent infections since apr, 12. Been on levoflox 500 since then.Noticed redness of skin in the leg.Is the drug safe?

End stage kidney disease(pkd). Recurrent infections since apr, 12. Been on levoflox 500 since then.Noticed redness of skin in the leg.Is the drug safe?

PKD and levofloxacin: Levofloxacin is a good medication, though can have tendon side effects. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Levo are especially good for PKD associated infections. Redness of leg skin may reflect some edema -- is there evidence of rash on trunk or arms? ...Read more

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My boyfriend recently diagnosed w/ibs. At followup liver enzymes # high. Tomorrow ultrasound to gall blad, pancreas, bio duct. is this serious ?

My boyfriend recently diagnosed w/ibs.  At followup liver enzymes # high. Tomorrow ultrasound to gall blad, pancreas, bio duct. is this serious ?

Was colonoscopy done: Depending on what liver tests are elevated and what they find on ultrasound, additional tests may be needed. How was the diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome made? Did he have a colonoscopy? A diagnosis of ulcerative colitis should be ruled out if there is evidence of elevated alkaline phosphatase without gallstones, since primary sclerosing cholangitis is associated with this condition. ...Read more

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A friend w/ advanced pancreatic cancer. Chemo helped. Tumors in pancreas & liver. Intrathecal pump. Digestion problems. Released to go home. Hospice?

A friend w/ advanced pancreatic cancer. Chemo helped. Tumors in pancreas & liver. Intrathecal pump. Digestion problems. Released to go home. Hospice?

Advanced cancer: It seems reasonable and sensitive to engage hospice; hospice can help at home or he can go to a facility; hospice team can engage for many weeks. It is a good service. ...Read more

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My father just had a kidney transplant is it common to have lung problems after transplant ?

My father just had a kidney transplant is it common to have lung problems after transplant
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Not usually: Fortunately, not very many kidney transplant recipients have lung problems early after the transplant. However, like all patients who take anti- rejection drugs they are susceptible to infections with viral, fungal and bacterial pneumonia. We advise taking the flu vaccine (only the dead virus type) and the Pneumovax vaccine. Also important to abstain from smoking. ...Read more

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Husband was diagnosed with end stage liver disease, congestive heart failure, common variable immunodeficiency, ulcerative colitis. How much longer?

Husband was diagnosed with end stage liver disease, congestive heart failure, common variable immunodeficiency, ulcerative colitis. How much longer?

Impossible: There are many variables that you don't state (and probably don't know). Even if all the lab values were available, an accurate time table is never possible with human beings. I think you know from your question that each day with your husband now is precious. Try to enjoy what time he has left. ...Read more

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Sir, my is suffering from kidney failure and her native disease is sle, we are planning for kidney transplantation. After transplant whether sle react?

Sir, my is suffering from kidney failure and her native disease is sle, we are planning for kidney transplantation. After transplant whether sle react?

Yes: Sle can deactivate after kidney transplant and cause graft damage. However, proper aggressive immunosupression regimens are effective in treating both rejection as well as preventing sle recurrence. ...Read more

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51 yo male. Mild chf, ef of 50. Kidney failure caused by meds. Creatinine returned to 1.6 after meds stopped. Are my kidneys severely damaged?

51 yo male.  Mild chf, ef of 50.  Kidney failure caused by meds.  Creatinine returned to 1.6 after meds stopped.  Are my kidneys severely damaged?

Some damage: Stage 3 of chronic renal failure consists of egfr 45-59 (3a) or 30-44 (3b).Rememember that egfr is an estimate (more info on egfr) and may require a correction for (black) race. Most patients with stage 3ckd are older and only a minority go on to get more serious kidney disease.Increased rate of heart attacks, strokes. Need to be closely followed by physician.Stage4, 5 are more severe renal failure. ...Read more

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A myelofibrosis patient with enlarged liver&spleen been told transplant no option as i've 1in2 chance of fatality. On jak2, is death where i'm heading?

A myelofibrosis patient with enlarged liver&spleen been told transplant no option as i've 1in2 chance of fatality. On jak2, is death where i'm heading?

Myelofibrosis: We are all heading to death, the timing of when is the question. In your case you have a bad disease and predictions of progression are really not cogent from out here. You should discuss your situation with the drs. Who know you best. ...Read more

Dr. Jonathan Fridell
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Pancreas Transplantation (Definition)

Type 1 diabetics do not make insulin, but if they get a transplant, the new pancreas would make Insulin and the sugars would be normal. It is like having a biologic Insulin pump that works perfectly. It is not a cure, but it is currently the most effective treatment available. The downside: it involves a big operation, lifelong immunosuppresion and is only ...Read more


Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Pancreas (Definition)

Abdominal organ. It is digestive organ: it secretes enzymes into the small bowel which break down food and help its absorption. It is also an endocrine organ: it produces hormones involved in sugar control and control of digestion. Insulin is one of these hormones. Diabetics either lack Insulin (type 1 diabetes) or have inadequate ...Read more