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What Is The Survival Of Someone With Pancreatitis Who Develops Ards
Depends: On the cause of the pancreatitis and the severity. There are predictive models that give you an idea of the expected mortality. ARDS per se is not factored in, oxygenation is. Other parameters include fluid requirement, degree of anemia, liver enzyme changes. ..Etc. The mortality can be as high as 90% or as low as 10%. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
ARDS, now know as acute respiratory distress syndrome, is an acute inflammatory respiratory illness resulting from lung injury that usually leads to respiratory failure and need for intubation/mechanical ventilation. It can be caused by an initial insult directly (as in a pneumonia) or indirectly ...Read more
What are the survival chances if diagnosed with acute pancreatitis with ARDS and arf and unstable blood pressure?
Varible: The scenario carries a high mortality but age and few co-morbidities may allow one to survive it. ARDS implies significant pancreatic damage such that the lungs and subsequent kidneys fail, necessitating mechanical ventilation and dialysis. Attention to fluid balance, nutrition and possible infection improve the odds of survival. ...Read more
Complex reasons: ARDS is a condition where the lining of the air sacs in the lung become leaky and allow fluid to flow into the air sacs and making it difficult for the lung to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide. The cause can be direct injury such as a pneumonia or inhaling a substance that damages the lung or, as is the likely case with you family member, that there is whole body inflammation (pancreatitis). ...Read more
Low tidal volume: The ardsnet studies showed that lower tidal volumes (6ml/kg ideal body weight) coupled with lower peak pressures and increased peep resulted in improved outcomes. Several groups are looking at more advanced vent strategies but these are still in the early phases of testing. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many causes...: There are many causes of ARDS including severe infections like pneumonia, drug overdoses, severe trauma, etc. ARDS is a very severe and life-threatening complication that unfortunately has a high mortality rate. Treatment consists of treating the underlying disorder and supportive care. ...Read more
Not impossible: It is possible to save patients with crush injury and ards, but the mortality for this catastrophic injury can be quite high. It depends upon severity of injury, pre-existing medical problems, and early treatment in a medical center with the resources to deliver the complex care needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Atrophy/scar: The recurrent infections leads to scar that replaces viable tissue in the organ. It atrophies (shrinks) and becomes under active. The pt may actually have a bout of pancreatitis but the labs will be normal cause the organ cant even generate the usual rise in enzymes. Also know as a "burnt out " pancreas. Needless to say it is not good and indicates end stage disease. ...Read more
Is it possible my pancreas was damaged by recent bout with pancreatitis? My weight is down, eating light but bg are running in the120's. Were 80 & 90.
Can mean different: Things to different persons. Some docs refer to a chemical pancreatitis as an abnormal elevation in serum pancreatic enzyme testing (amylase/lipase) without clinical signs like nausea, vomiting, epigastric pain (clinical pancreatitis). Some doctors refer to a chemic pancreatitis as pancreatitis that is due to a chemical exposure. I've seen it used both ways. ...Read more
See below: You can get any of these common symptoms but none of them are required for the diagnosis - abdominal pain particularly top center, nausea +/- vomiting, loss of appetite, fatigue or malaise, thirst. If you have any discoloration of the skin on the abdomen or back, go to the hospital immediately - that is a sign of a possible serious complication. ...Read more
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