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Is there any treatment for cachexia for a patient on a feeding tube?

Is there any treatment for cachexia for a patient on a feeding tube?

None: Currently, there are no accepted drugs to treat cachexia.I would recommend strict medical compliance and lots of prayers.There are extensive investigations underway. ...Read more

Cachexia (Definition)

Cancer cachexia is a syndrome of weight loss, muscle atrophy, fatigue, weakness, and significant loss of appetite in someone who is not actively ...Read more


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Can a patient choose to have his feeding tube removed?

Can a patient choose to have his feeding tube removed?

Often, yes.: An adult of sound mind with informed consent can indeed ask that his feeding tube be removed. But understand the consequences first. Dr. Tholen. ...Read more

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What does a patient's BMI have to drop to before a feeding tube is prescribed?

What does a patient's BMI have to drop to before a feeding tube is prescribed?

Case by case basis: It's not a matter of bmi to determine that but how poor their ability to eat. Speak with your physician. ...Read more

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Will all Parkinson's patients eventually need a feeding tube?

Will all Parkinson's patients eventually need a feeding tube?

Not usually: Usually causes gait problems, temors, dementia, etc. Swallowing and esophogeal dysmotility not common. ...Read more

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Do all Parkinson's patients deteriorate and eventually need a feeding tube?

Do all Parkinson's patients deteriorate and eventually need a feeding tube?

Parkinson's: In general, parkinson's-afflicted people tend to deteriorate over time. This mainly is a neurological disease, and dementia, as well as deterioration of motor function can become compromised. That being said, i treat a lot of patients with parkinson's disease, and most of them do not need, or have needed feeding tubes. ...Read more

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Would the presence of cachexia in a patient who's completed chemo/rad, always suggest active cancer? Is it possible to have even when cancer is gone?

Would the presence of cachexia in a patient who's completed chemo/rad, always suggest active cancer? Is it possible to have even when cancer is gone?

See below: If the tumor is entirely gone, the patient should gain weight. If the person remains cachectic the cause should be investigated. Damage from the treatment, e.g., radiation damage to the intestine may prevent weight gain even if there is no tumor. ...Read more

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How often do doctors look at tumor necrosis factor in a patients blood when definitively diagnosing someone for cardiac cachexia?

How often do doctors look at tumor necrosis factor in a patients blood when definitively diagnosing someone for cardiac cachexia?

Never heard of it: As a pathologist / lab specialist, let me reassure you. The diagnosis of cardiac cachexia is made on the most valuable of all tests -- the history and physical exam. Labs are useful when, and only when, they detect disease that you'd miss on h;p. Tumor necrosis factors were once called "cachexins" and may or may not have something to do with the curious wasting seen in cancer. ...Read more

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What medical reasons that require feeding a patient through a nasogastric tube.?

What medical reasons that require feeding a patient through a nasogastric tube.?

Many things: no body use nasal gastric feeding tube now unless it have been used for a very short period of time if it was used they use it on any patient that not capable of eating but his guts is capable of digestion the food good way of nutrition for a patient that could not feed themselves IV fluid has no nutritional values only good for hydration if feeding needed they use now PEG tube ...Read more