Pancreatitis in elderly

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Avatar f tn I posted my question elsewhere, got some helpful advice, and also a link to here. I will repost in full and add some new (from today) information at the end. Actually, the post was much too long for this board. If you can please view the question (with history and more test results) in its entirety at that would help me greatly.
Avatar n tn By your description of the illness and the investigations that your husband's grandmother underwent, I assume that she has obstruction of the bile duct. In an elderly person who has biliary obstruction without evidence of gallstones, one has to worry about malignancy causing the obstruction. The most common causes of painless biliary obstruction are cholangiocarcinoma (cancer of the bile duct), tumor at the head of pancreas, and tumor spread to the lymph nodes surrounding the bile duct.
Avatar n tn Posted By HFHSM.D.-jg on October 23, 1998 at 16:54:11: In Reply to: Elderly Grandmother has liver blockage posted by Allison on October 19, 1998 at 17:20:14: My husband's elderly grandmother (89) is undergoing tests right now to check a blockage in her liver. She's had three tests now and Dr.'s are still not certain whether she has a cyst or a tumor.So far she has had a test where they inject the liver with dye and then last week she had a CAT scan and today she had the ERCP test.
Avatar n tn Posted By Allison on October 27, 1998 at 14:42:54: In Reply to: Re: Elderly Grandmother has liver blockage posted by HFHSM.D.-jg on October 23, 1998 at 16:54:11: My husband's elderly grandmother (89) is undergoing tests right now to check a blockage in her liver. She's had three tests now and Dr.'s are still not certain whether she has a cyst or a tumor.So far she has had a test where they inject the liver with dye and then last week she had a CAT scan and today she had the ERCP test.
1560663 tn?1298050127 I also have a 10 year old cat who had exploratory surgery because she was vomiting. They thought it was Pancreatitis, then an x-ray and u/s showed a thickening in the colon so that is when we scheduled surgery. This is not Mega Colon but IBS, and I treat her with 1/8 tsp Miralax in her morning wet food and her evening wet food. She is on a diet pf Z/D prescription wet food and dry, and takes Budesonide (formulated as a liquid) every day.
1691320 tn?1306008133 Last night in the ER with the hubby whom has hep C and pain in his right upper quad, which turned out to be pancreatitis... they had a code blue come in. At which the elderly lady pasted away after I saw them wheel her in, with a frantic paramedic doing cpr on her as the stretcher raced down the hall to the ER room. After a few moments, I took a break.. walking outside as the warm wind blew into the darkness, I asked God to take her by her hand and welcome her home...
Avatar f tn Reglan (metoclopromadine) is a very cheap medication, unfortunately, it is also metabolized in the kidneys, so a too high dose results in toxic levels in the blood. My husband and I discovered that completely bypassing the GI tract by using reglan injections worked much better in the end. Chica didn't get the extra pyramidal side effects (extreme restlessness, shaking and trembling) from the reglan injections that she got from the oral meds.
Avatar n tn After the gall badder surgery, the surgeon did make a comment that my liver kept getting in his way and he had to move it a couple of times and that it is big, but he said it did not look abnormal. I was in a lot of pain after the surgery and he kept me overnight in the hospital. The URQ pain started up again about 4 years ago. I have had all kinds of tests in the past year. A hida scan (no CCK since I do not have a gall bladder) was normal, barium swallow (I do have GERD and hiatal hernia).
Avatar n tn Adenocarcinoma of the pancreas is a solid mass lesion and occurs more commonly in elderly patients. Endocrine (hormone producing tumors) tumors of the pancreas are quite rare and present with solid masses as well. If the needle biopsy is not diagnostic another modality that may be helpful in diagnosis is an endoscopic ultrasound. This modality is usually available at university centers. I hope you find this information helpful.
Avatar f tn The vet gave him zantac for an upset tummy and had ruled cushings addisons and pancreatitis. They have no idea what's going on. I know he's considered elderly but. Something isn't right-all he wants to do is sleep and hardly stands up.
Avatar n tn I had to go to the ER in early May for severe abdominal pain that had me doubled over in pain on my living room floor vomiting into a towel because I could not get up and walk (much less run) to the bathroom. I have had this pain before but it had never become sooooo severe. It always started out mildly between the end of my rib cage and my belly button. It never moved to either side.
1144849 tn?1395458766 Cooking food removes the minerals; the oxalic acid in foods like spinach and phytic acid found in cereals bind magnesium in the body, as do unbalanced amounts of salts....
1916673 tn?1420236870 Not positive if I've joined (also having trouble bookmarking blog); but hope I'm in. First time I've been back in a few weeks since I had to put Teagan to rest. To be honest I hope to NEVER need to refresh myself on the terrible disease. But, you all gave me such comfort when Teagan left me. I hope to keep reading posts to keep up with you all.
Avatar f tn Anorexia ,nausea ,and vomiting may also occur, along with emotional disturbances. pancreatic carcinoma should always be suspected in elderly patients with abdominal pain or new-onset diabetes,depression associated with weight loss,acute pancreatitis without other know risk factors, or obstructive jaundice.
Avatar f tn Diabetes is very common in elderly cats... Could also be Hyperthyroidism in the case shes not over thirsty...but both need to be tested asap..
Avatar n tn After having my gallbladder removed in April 2001 I had to have an ERCP in November because I continued to have pains. Having the ERCP done caused me to get Pancreatitis and I spent 3 days in the hospital and 4 weeks out of work. Ask your doctor if there is any other procedure that can done. Maybe he can do an MRCP which is a MRI of your biliary track. Otherwise, the likelihood of you getting Pancreatitis again is certainly increased.
Avatar m tn 7 third day then it went down until normal over the next two day with no dirreah after the three days, my concern is that since that time my stools have been very light as in beige or maybe carboard colored at best not your normal brown color.........I had an abdominal CT showed nothing, as pancreas, ducts, abdomin and small and large instestines.........
Avatar f tn Our Miss Teia was not eating for a few days towards the end of October, vet needed to give her an enema to clear her stoppage, was a huge hairball. Her appetite has returned to normal as has her poop frequency.
363852 tn?1204161447 There seems to be a bias against the elderly. They simply aren't treated as "normal" human beings. If someone were thirty and had similar symptoms you can be a physician would be on top of things. It's as if older people simply have to bear burdens. This was true in hospitals decades ago and I thought things would get better, but they have not. I don't think 84 is that old.
Avatar n tn Is there any strong history of diabetes in the family? any history of pancreatitis in the family? Gallbaladder stones may cause pancreatitis. I hope I am able to shed some light.Stay with your father and comfort him.This must be a difficult time for all of you.Continue to reassure him and attend to his needs. Keep in touch.
Avatar n tn did not proceed with the ERCP in case we created another problem ie; pancreatitis. she does not have constipation or hard stools but we know her bowel transit is slow, ie; may take 2, 3 or more days between bowel motions. vascular problems or narrowing of the arteries ? we'll look into this further.
Avatar m tn It started as just loose stools, now she has progressed to diarrhea with jelly-like blood mixed in. Is this indicative of pancreatitis?? Even with all of the medication she still wobbles and can't manage stairs. All she does is sleep, drink water and pee. I know everyone's first reaction will be "take her back to the vet", but I simply can't afford to right now. I am unemployed and burned through all my savings already getting her this far. Her medication came before my food.
Avatar m tn I have a nearly 17 year old, overweight cat. Aside from some elderly issues such as arthritis, he's a happy guy. He has a strong will to live, and has always fought to beat the odds. I love him so much and have had him since I was 8 years old. It's impossible (I mean, impossible) for me to take him in to be examined by a vet. He gets so stressed out, he has panic attacks - even while heavily sedated. I am certain he would have a heart attack at his age now.
Avatar f tn hi again, I wonder if your Vet has considered pancreatitis? this is often overlooked in cats...symptoms no appetite, lethargy, vomiting...just a though..sending some info and some ((hugs)) http://vetmed.tamu.
Avatar f tn Pain was the only symptoms I had also. It wasn't because of the foods I was eating. I was curled up in a ball on the couch and my mother had to come over and take care of my kids for me. The kids were pretty young and needed a lot of care. Hopefully the doctors will take care of your grandmother right away. You may want to mention the HIDA scan. It's a two hour scan, but it will show exactly how the gallbladder is working. Good luck to your grandma.
793908 tn?1294708709 Julie will always have to be tested. She is now in the hospital with a severe bout of Pancreatitis...for the 2nd time. This never ends.
1469903 tn?1286650297 A hyperosmolar coma usually occurs in elderly patients with type 2 diabetes. Like diabetic ketoacidosis, a hyperosmolar coma is a medical emergency. Immediate treatment with intravenous fluid and insulin is important in reversing the hyperosmolar state. Unlike patients with type 1 diabetes, patients with type 2 diabetes do not generally develop ketoacidosis solely on the basis of their diabetes.
Avatar n tn Until this past weekend he was in good health for his age; some kidney disease, very slight elevations in his thyroid tests, and he's a few pounds lighter than he was as a strapping young guy (13 pounds, down from a high of 17 in his prime) with some arthritis. Starting Sunday morning he showed nausea and refused to eat, though he would drink, and he appeared a little unsteady on his feet--he shook his head after drinking and nearly tipped over.
Avatar m tn My dad is 81 yrs old - was in the hospital 2 months ago (Oct 2011). He had a stroke a long time back (1981) and recently had some non-convulsive seizures. The docs put him on Sodium Valporate. While he was in the hospital, his LFT's were perfectly normal. A few weeks ago (Jan 2012) he got all icteric, eyes were jaundiced and his urine was dark. Did an LFT and his enzymes were extremely high, ALT was 1160, AST was 1450.
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