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A very bad event: When a patient has liver failure for any reason (cirrhosis?), the normal detoxification mechanisms are defective and a patient develops a metabolic encephalopathy. If severe, coma ensues, and this can be definitely life threatening. Brain function is secondarily disrupted, perhaps profoundly. Intensive care treatment is mandatory. ...Read more
This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more
Hi Doctor, Regarding my grandfather's liver failing and doctors opinion that he will soon go into coma?
My sister was in a 'induced coma' for 12 days for drug overdose/liver-failure 6 years ago. After she woke she went permanently blind to this day, why?
Liver failure: It's hard to say without knowing all the facts, but my guess is that she overdosed on tylenol (acetaminophen) and developed acute liver failure. When that happens, patients can develop cerebral edema and elevated intracranial pressure which can cause all sorts of neurologic impairments including blindness. ...Read more
My brother suffered liver failure (shutdown), kidney failure and is in a coma. He is diabetic too. What can be done to help him?
Wow, I'm sorry: Hi. Is he at UIHC? I hope so. Diabetes can cause kidney failure. Liver failure can cause kidney failure, but neither diabetes nor kidney failure per se cause liver failure. Do you know the cause of the liver failure? He is obviously very sick. Hope for the best, but be prepared for the worst. I'm so sorry. Best to him, you, and your family. ...Read more
My friend overdosed and now has a swollen liver. The doctor has her in a drug induced coma. Is she going to die without a transplant?
My mother is in a coma and has liver failure and brain swelling. She opened her eyes but didn't move them is this a good sign?
NO!: Surely there is one or more doctors caring for your mother and they should be discussing this with you. If that is not happening you must contact an ambulance to get Mother to the nearest Emergency Facility!! This is no doubt a big issue for you. The Emergency team will not ignore you but will do what they can for you. ...Read more
Redirection of blood: Even though there is a dramatic increase in blood flow to the stomach and intestines after a meal (proven by ultrasounds) it is thought that it is the increased parasympathetic nervous system activity (opposite of the fight or flight sympathetic activity) which causes the feeling of lethargy. ...Read more
Too much: Benzodiazepines, of which Clonazepam (http://www. Drugs. Com/clonazepam. Html) is a member, can be sedating as well as addictive. One can get used to a small dose & gradually need/tolerate/handle larger doses that might cause a coma if taken the first time by someone who's never used this drug before. This dose can also be altered by amount of other drugs including alcohol in the system. ...Read more
Diabetic emergency: Hyperosmolar coma is a medical emergency seen in type ii diabetics when the blood sugar reaches extremely high levels, typically higher than 600 mg/dl. Often it is precipitated by a physiologic stress such as infection, myocardial infarction, stroke or other acute illness. The very high blood glucose may lead to disordered mental functioning with possible seizures then to coma and death. ...Read more
Yes: It can occur with decreased levels of consciousness and is a symptom we can see in this situation. It can indicate someone who is too comatose to protect their natural airway or can indicate poor tone in the airway in patients with brain injury. ...Read more
Variable duration: The duration of diabetic coma is related to correction of the metabolic abnormalities leading to coma. It may be short if treatment is instituted shortly after coma begins. The longer the coma remains untreated, the greater the likelihood of permanent neurologic damage or even death. ...Read more
Traumatic coma: Coma may be caused by an injury to the brain stem due to the back and forth movement of the head and brain. Other causes include the build up of pressure from brain swelling or hemorrhage, causing brain tissue to herniate across fibrous bands separating the different parts of the brain or through the foramen magnum putting pressure on the brain stem centers for breathing and heart rate. ...Read more
Yes: Coma is a state in which a person is unconscious and does not interact with the environment. Snoring is caused by narrowing of the area at the back of the throat. Air passing through this smaller opening can cause the tissues surrounding the opening to vibrate, which in turn can cause snoring. This condition will often persist if and when a person becomes comatose. ...Read more
A bad thing: Hi. Diabetic coma usually refers to a hyperglycemic condition (coma with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) in type 1's, and non-ketotic hyperglycemic hyperosmolar coma or DKA in type 2s. However, coma is also possible due to insulin-induced hypoglycemia in diabetes. None of them are good things, but fortunately, these days we don't lose many folks from any of them. ...Read more
Most organisms: Bad stuff if coma occurs with bacterial or tuberculous meningitis, and if fungal infection, may create critical issues. Viral meningitis may have a far more benign course, but NOT always. Coma is a sign of progressive uncontrolled infection, so, early diagnosis and treatment always the wisest approach. ...Read more