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How Long Can You Live Being Elderly If Sepsis
For what length of time can you live being elderly stage 4 colon cancer and renal failure and sepsis?
Sounds like serious: Illness. Of the conditions you mentioned, sepsis is probably the worst, because it means uncontrolled infection throughout the body. Next is renal failure, but dialysis can reverse some of the effects of it. Stage 4 colon cancer means widespread disease, so prognosis is poor. To have all of these conditions at one time in one person is quite ominous. ...Read more
Depends: This depends on many factors - what bug, how strong is the person's immune system, how quicky treatment was started, how many organs are involved, etc. Sometimes even severe cases of sepsis can be treated successfully with complete recovery. Other times we are not as lucky. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sepsis is serious.: Sepsis means a generalized infection. Usually gives fever, chills general malaise and it's is seriously dangerous. Common sources are intestinal, skin, urinary track, pneumonia but any infection may cause it. We order pancultures ( blood, urine, sputum others) to find which germ is causing it. Requires serious tx in a hospital. Pt requires intravenous antibiotics. Sepsis causes shock and death ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
This is a hypothetical scenario If an elderly pt is hypotensive eg BP in recent days 116/59, 107/59, 104/69, 112/69, 102/62 & 106/70 & is in pain could regular hydromorphione lower BP too much or affect other vital signs if pt has pneumonia & sepsis?
This is only a general question. If an elderly pt has "kidney failure" & sepsis does the kidney failure generally make much of a difference to survivablity?
Kidney failure: Kidney failure complicates treatment of other serious illnesses. The extra metabolic demands created during serious illness can also make recovery more difficult in the face of organ failure. Experienced physicians should be able to manage this to some degree for the best possible outcome. ...Read more
An elderly relative in hospital had a result of "Vacuolated Neutrophils +". I understand that this can be an early sign of sepsis. He's only had this test once but 6 days later he doesn't seem to be any worse. He hasn't been on Abx. I'm at a loss..
DiscussWithDoctors: While it is true that Vacuolated Neutrophils is an early sign of sepsis and due to massive bacterial growth and when these cells persist for more than 36 hours,the disease may be considered beyond control.And you are correct in saying that these patients are treated with Antibiotics.But we can not comment on this elderly relative of yours.You have to ask his treating doctors about his case ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Elderly incontinent diabetic paralysed from waist down - no cathethar develops sepsis then septic shock vomitting , cd it hve taken months to progr?
If an elderly pt is on Lasix, N/saline, O2, metronidozole & cephalothin for an unknown aetiology (possibly sepsis) & becomes terminal could the continuation of these meds without addition of analgesia or antipsychotics alleviate the pain or delirium?
Comfort measures: Damien, I'm sorry that someone you love is passing away. It's their decision how aggressively things might be managed. Nowadays, the law allows physicians to be far more humane than in the past. I'm not sure I understand, but the meds you have listed are for treatment rather than comfort, and the latter should not be withheld when appropriate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am guessing that if an elderly person (not me) has COPD & a pleural effusion (even if the person doesn't have a lung infection) then this would make it harder to survive sepsis. But if so, would either be likely to make a significant difference?
COPD is diagnosis.: The pleural effusion is a SIGN or a symptom, not a "condition". In fact, by draining the effusion, doctors can run tests & perhaps figure out what is causing the problem. But it doesn't portend anything with regards to survival unless it becomes large. COPD is a DIAGNOSIS. It means that the lungs don't function properly. It makes surviving sepsis tougher, as lung problems can easily develop. TTYD. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very individual: Depending on how severe the infection is, some may be self-limited, but most progress without treatment, particularly in older people or those with pre-exiting medical conditions. So it is hard to say exactly how long but why would you not want to treat it? Treatment is usually antibiotics, IV fluids etc supportive care, nothing fancy or controversial. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long can you live with sepsis if IV antibiotics can't cure the infection but oral antibiotics are used to slow the spread of infection?
Maybe forever: If the doctors have switched to oral treatment, the sepsis itself probably is under control or cured. Continuing oral antibiotics probably is intended to cure whatever underlying infection led to sepsis, or keep it suppressed if not cured. The details depend on that underlying infeciton, different for each one: pneumonia, urinary tract, skin, bone, internal abscess, etc. Discuss with doctors. ...Read more
Death by sepsis: Hard to give a good answer. sepsis if caught soon enough can be successfully treated. Sepsis in the very old or chronically ill has a high mortality despite treatment. Left untreated death can occur in days if not hours as the body shuts down and organs fail. Hope that helps. ...Read more
Variable: Answer is dependent on a number of things, including the health of the individual, the type of infecting organism, other ongoing medical problems. ...Read more
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