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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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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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Is it safe for a patient to receive a TPN feed through a GJ Tube?My sis has severe Mastocytosis & Gastroparesis, and enteral feeding tube didn't work.

Not a question of : safety, rather why give a parenteral feeding, enterally, might not be absorbed efficiently and an expensive preparation would be wasted. The G-J tube is meant to bypass the stomach and go right into the small intestine, there are preparations meant to be used this way that don't need stomach digestive process, ask the doctors/dietician about, wish you and your sister wellness ...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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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