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Doctor insights on: My Mom Has Copd Is 72 Yrs Old And Weighs 65 Lbs Is A Stomach Feeding Tube Safe

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My mom has COPD is 72 yrs old and weighs 65 lbs. Is a stomach feeding tube safe?

My mom has COPD is 72 yrs old and weighs 65 lbs. Is a stomach feeding tube safe?

Safer than starving: Within reason, people with COPD who weigh more live longer. No procedure or treatment is completely risk free but in many cases the risk of the procedure is less than the risk of not having the procedure. This should be discussed with the doctor recommending and/or performing the procedure. ...Read more

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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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My mom has COPD.She got a trach,been on ventilator for 28 days,and they won't take the feeding tube out to let her eat,but she can swallow fine.Why???

My mom has COPD.She got a trach,been on ventilator for 28 days,and they won't take the feeding tube out to let her eat,but she can swallow fine.Why???

Complex: For the best answer, ask your mother's physicians because they know the specifics of her case. Generally speaking, it is considered high risk to feed by mouth while on positive pressure ventilation even via trach. ...Read more

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My mom has had a stroke, has COPD and chf. She has no appetite and complains with upper stomach pain. Should i be concerned? She is 81.

My mom has had a stroke, has COPD and chf. She has no appetite and complains with upper stomach pain. Should i be concerned? She is 81.

Yes: I would recommend seeking medical attention immediately. A doctor should examine her to determine if there is a serious issue; given her heart and lung disease, the symptoms you mention a potentially very serious. ...Read more

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My 87 year old mom has dementia. They want to put feeding tube in because she is inspirating food. Lives in nursing home, doesn't talk. Should we?

My 87 year old mom has dementia. They want to put feeding tube in because she is inspirating food. Lives in nursing home, doesn't talk.  Should we?

Agree w/ Dr.Chastine: This is a very difficult decision and made more difficult by misinformation (feeding tubes prevent aspiration) and pressure family may feel from doctors and nurses. Often people who mean well, will try and pursuade you based on their biases and values. Decreased food intake is part of the progression of dementia. The best question is what would your mom have wanted if she knew this would happen? ...Read more

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I fed my mom through feeding tube.Even after feeding n closing the end of tube,i could see liquid in the tube.what does it mean?pls hlp

I fed my mom through feeding tube.Even after feeding n closing the end of tube,i could see liquid in the tube.what does it mean?pls hlp

Obstruction?: Perhaps there is an obstruction to the tube. Have visiting nurse do an assess & flush & follow her recommendations. If flush doesn't work & the problem persists, then report it to Mom's treating physician. Also, if any signs of distress, like new breathing difficulties, tightness or tenderness in the abdomen, then report that immediately too, as it may signal need for urgent measures. ...Read more

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Swallowing disorder the only remedy is to put feeding tube in stomach. Is this the only remedy?

Swallowing disorder the only remedy is to put feeding tube in stomach.  Is this the only remedy?

No: Swallowing difficulties need to be formally evaluated. A feeding tube is the last resort when the swallowing function is so bad that there is risk of food or liquid going into the lungs. ...Read more

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My husband is currently eating through a feeding tube (peg) inserted in stomach, I need professional advice on how it should be handled?

My husband is currently eating through a feeding tube (peg) inserted in stomach, I need professional advice on how it should be handled?

PEG tube handling: Everyone's different, based on reasons the peg tube was placed, duration of anticipated use, calorie requirements of the patient, patency of stomach outlet & the rate of GI functioning/motility, patient's tolerance to commercial feedings; feeding schedule (continuous versus bolus feeds), device used (button, traditional, etc.); & ? Oral supplements permitted. Best to speak with your husband's doc. ...Read more

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When eating or drinking foods it is going into my lungs instead of my stomach. I have a feeding tube, and just had a test. What doctor should I see.

Gastro: you should follow up with your gastroenterologist. You may need speech therapy in order to re-train your swallowing muscles. Depending on your underlying problem you may also need a neurologist ...Read more

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My mom has COPD was being controlled with symicort and combivent for immediate relief her insurance no longer covers these medications $700 what can s?

My mom has COPD was being controlled with symicort and combivent for immediate relief her insurance no longer covers these medications $700 what can s?

Mgt: I would advise calling the company. Many companies offer payment options and samples to physicians. Other options include inquiring about substitutions which may be covered. ...Read more

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My mom has major copd.Lately she's been losing her mind.Dazed, confused and asking weird things. Its getting worse daily. Is she ok?

My mom has major copd.Lately she's been losing her mind.Dazed, confused and asking weird things. Its getting worse daily. Is she ok?

No she's not: Someone has to evaluate her co2, her oxygenation and even her BP to make sure she is not hypotensive or has rapid heart rates and decreased blood flow to the brain. ...Read more

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My mom is 75 with advanced COPD her blood pressure ranges from 99/42 to 100/47 is this normal. She is extremely tired.?

My mom is 75 with advanced COPD  her blood pressure ranges from 99/42 to 100/47  is this normal. She is extremely tired.?

Fatigue.,,: The blood pressures you report are not likely to cause her fatigue, unless her blood pressure was much higher and suddenly dropped. A more likely cause of her fatigue is her oxygen level especially with activity. If her oxygen level drops, this could lead to fatigue, especially if her carbon dioxide level is also high. This needs to be evaluated by her pulmonary doctor. She may need oxygen therapy. ...Read more

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My mom is end stage COPD she has 4 aneurysms also cardiac I have asked her why the doctor doesn't have her on spiriva and she said because it is contra?

My mom is end stage COPD she has 4 aneurysms also cardiac I have asked her why the doctor doesn't have her on spiriva and she said because it is contra?

Unclear why: From the information you provided there doesn't seem to be a clear contraindication to spiriva which can be very helpful for patients with copd. ...Read more

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What should the O2 saturation be for a CO2 level of 33? My mom has COPD, CHF, Asthma, Afib. She has an O2machine at home. Is 5% too high?

What should the O2 saturation be for a CO2 level of 33? My mom has COPD, CHF, Asthma, Afib.  She has an O2machine at home.  Is 5% too high?

Does not compute.: Your mother's situation is complex & I can't make sense of your question since the O2 saturation measures oxyhemoglobin & CO2 measures carbon dioxide pressure. (They can be unrelated). 5% O2 saturation is TOO LOW - not compatible with life - for arterial blood. Do you mean 5 LPM on the O2 tank? Use HealthTap Prime or TTYD to get correct answers, because there's no way to answer using 400 character ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Also known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. ...Read more


Upper Abdomen (Definition)

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