Pancreatitis in the elderly

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Avatar f tn This inflammatory condition is very tricky to diagnose in cats however a special test from Idexx (the name of the laboratory, they service all of north america) is available and it may shed some light on the subject. Lastly, I am a little worried about cancer in this case. Your vet has done an amazing job assessing organ function and performing diagnostics like the ultrasound you mentioned, but with a cat of this many years and with normal kidney and liver enzymes, cancer is a real possibility.
Avatar n tn ERCP is the test of choice for the evaluation of biliary obstruction in the lower bile duct. During ERCP a stent can be inserted to allow bile to pass into the duodenum, thereby relieving the obstruction. From your description, it seems that the ERCP did not or could not relieve your grandmother's biliary obstruction.
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 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 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.
1560663 tn?1298050127 I went to the Bobst Animal Medical Center in Manhattan last month to see a soft tissue specialist in case she needed the surgery to have her colon removed. The Dr. said that is the very last option if all else fails with the laxative meds. Her new dosage starting after today will be .05 ml of Cisipride every 8 hrs, 3ml of Lactulose every 8 hrs, and 1/4 tsp Miralax twice a day. I have a feeling next month she'll need to be deostipated again and will have to up her dosage of something.
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...
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Avatar f tn I also have a 16 yr old cat who is hungry all the time. She used to eat dry food until she lost teeth thru the years & was eating whiskas pouches (i still mash it for her) until i ran out one day & gave her canned food in the she doesn't want the pouches so she eats the canned, fancy feast or friskies, I put about 1/2 a cup out at a time as i don't want my other cat to "steal it" or for it to dry out.
Avatar f tn I have a nine year old lab "Sandy Grace". She is in fourth stage renal failure-Of course she has seen her regular vet for fluids-ultra sound revealed she has one kidney which is failing. Creatine was 13-subs at home-now using hollistic and homepatic treatment. Recently more bad days than good. I am giving her ice chips which seem to work better for her than lapping. Pedialyte ice is also better.
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....
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 m tn “MY doctor Thinks”, this in it self is the scariest part of all… I have thought a lot in the last 43 weeks and have learned a lot more about what this virus has in tailed for me and am in just as much a flux as treating doctors which leads me to the next thought. While dropping back and regrouping from the disappointment of relapse what do we turn our minds to?
Avatar f tn Even if your dog has tested negative for any of the above listed conditions, he may still have one or more conditions, but they could be atypical or may not as yet be detectable in the blood. Mottling of the pancreas could be due to inflammation, scarring from prior bouts of pancreatitis, or neoplasia. If a definitive diagnosis cannot be found than possible therapeutic trials with safe and innocuous medications may be worth a try. Please discuss this with your veterinarian.
Avatar n tn Internist sent me for ct scan after he felt an upper abdominal mass. Ct showed 4cm mass in the tail of the pancreas with focal enlargement- no other abnormalities and does not show a difference in density from rest of pancreas on scan. Next test was ERCP which showed everything as normal. Apparently all blood test have been normal. I am scheduled for fine needle aspiration biopsy this week and I have several questions. Could the diarrhea be related to the pancreas mass?
Avatar f tn I agree with the workup thus far. The elevated amylase can be consistent with pancreatitis, which is most commonly caused by alcohol use or a gallstone. I agree with the CT scan. If pancreatic cancer is of concern, an MRI or endoscopic ultrasound should be considered. Another test to consider would be an upper endoscopy - which can evaluate the stomach and upper GI tract.
1469903 tn?1286650297 Glucose is an essential nutrient that provides energy for the proper functioning of the body cells. Carbohydrates are broken down in the small intestine and the glucose in digested food is then absorbed by the intestinal cells into the bloodstream, and is carried by the bloodstream to all the cells in the body where it is utilized. However, glucose cannot enter the cells alone and needs insulin to aid in its transport into the cells.
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Avatar m tn This may be relevant with cardboard-colored stools. Regarding the colitis, you can consider antibiotic therapy in the presence of fever. Asacol can also be considered as well as steroids. These options can be discussed with your GI physician. This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case. Kevin, M.D. www.kevinmd.
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 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.
363852 tn?1204161447 i am sorry for you and your dads loss i have been there i know how one feels there seems to be help for the young also they can get out and maybe go to work somethng to take there minds off of it for awile.
Avatar f tn I took her to the vet twice a week till finally the doc put her on some pills for parasites. Turns out she had parasites in her belly. Can't recall the name of the parasite but they were eating at her stomach lining.
544292 tn?1268886268 Yeah. Marathon Man Pain. Idiot Tramadol. Love and healing, Emily How in the world am I gonna get to work today? THAT is the question friends. It's only half a day and it seems completely out of the question. My eyes hurt, my brain hurts. The anxiety is lessening. I think I now understand why people bang their own heads against a wall.
Avatar m tn I have changed this to twice a day in order for her to get her insulin shots on schedule. Since the change in diet, she has had increasingly abnormal bowel movements. 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.
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 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.
Avatar f tn We suspected a UTI, and the vet confirmed he did see blood in the urine. A urine culture produced NO results however (he said this sometimes happens, that nothing grows). We started giving her human tuna (tuna meant for humans) as that was historically her favorite food (I know it's not good for her, but even the vet said just get her eating, even if it is just tuna). He placed her on oral augmentin, and after 2 days of that she stopped eating entirely again.