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Do ALS patients suffer painful, suffocating death?

Do ALS patients suffer painful, suffocating death?

My view: Yes, many ALS patients suffer pain, but they rarely suffocate, as typically, when needed, a tracheostomy tube is placed. But demise can often be due to pneumonia. ...Read more

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What is the average age of death for a lupus patient?

What is the average age of death for a lupus patient?

Difficult to say : Life expectancy has improved over the years for lupus patients. Used to, patients with lupus were more apt to die from complications of their disease and infections as a result of the therapies. Now with better recognition and therapy for lupus, we are beginning to see more death as a result of cardiovascular disease. Thus; it all the more important to have follow with your primary and your rheu. ...Read more

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Does a pacemaker prolong death when a patient is in last stages of death?

Does a pacemaker prolong death when a patient is in last stages of death?

Why dying?: If they have severe heart disease, could prolong situation. If other issues, then only helps to maintain perfusion--ideally so they are as comfortable as can be and can interact with environment. ...Read more

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Can hydrotubation leads to death of the patient?

I suppose: theoretically it could, although I'm unaware of any documented cases. ...Read more

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What is happening when just 15 min. prior to death, the patients face flushes a bright crimson from neck up entire face. Patient the resumes breathin?

What is happening when just 15 min. prior to death, the patients face flushes a bright crimson from neck up entire face.  Patient the resumes breathin?

?Cheyne-Stokes: Cheyne–Stokes respiration is an abnormal pattern of breathing characterized by progressively deeper and sometimes faster breathing, followed by a gradual decrease that results in a temporary stop in breathing called an apnea. With the lack of Proper and normal oxygen to the body, a flushing or change in color can occur. This is often at the very last, late stages of death. ...Read more

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What is the cause of death for ALS patients?

Pneumonia: Most ALS patients who die naturally do so of pneumonia, because they are too weak to cough or breathe deeply which a healthy person does naturally to prevent lung infections. ...Read more

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Will pancuronium cause the death of the patient if not intubated?

Will pancuronium cause the death of the patient if not intubated?

Need ventilation: Pancuronium is a medication that causes neuromuscular blockade, meaning that it stops skeletal muscle from working. The heart will beat, but the muscles that control breathing will stop. Breathing must be supported while the medication is in effect. Breathing is usually supported with a breathing tube and mechanical ventilation, but mask ventilation or an lma could support breathing too. ...Read more

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Can pancuronium cause the death of the patient if he/she is not intubated?

Can pancuronium cause the death of the patient if he/she is not intubated?

Possible, it depends: Pancuronium is a long acting paralytic that it takes a long time to reverse. After pancuronium is given, the patient is usually intubated since with pancuronium, the patient won't breath by themselves and he'll need mechanical ventilation to maintain normal oxygen levels. However, intubation is not the only way to help patients breath and other means (lma) can be used if intubation fails. ...Read more