liver is shutting down and stomach is getting bigger??help

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liver is shutting down and stomach is getting bigger??help

by Grandmascaregiver on Sat Aug 25, 2007 12:00 AM

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I need help again.  My mom is still fighting the battle with stage 4 PC.  Now hopsice says that her liver is shutting down (it's been 2 weeks) and her stomach is getting bigger and bigger like she is pregnant. What is happening now?  Does anyone know?  Is this the end?  Last year in Sept they told me that she would not make the month of Sept and here we are.  I don't know what to think?

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by yavall on Sat Aug 25, 2007 12:00 AM

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Sorry to hear about your mother. Your mother most likely has ascites, fluid in her peritoneal cavity due to the liver failure. If she is extremly uncomfortale they can do a procedure called parscentesis. They will drain the fluid in her belly by placing a small catheter in her belly. They use a local for the procedure. This procedure may also help her if she is having a hard time bleeding. Her clotting times have to be good in order for them to do this procedure. A lot of times people with liver failure their clotting times are out of whack. I hope this helps you. My prayers are with you and your mother.

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by yavall on Sat Aug 25, 2007 12:00 AM

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Its me again, sorry the procedure is called paracentesis. Also, I ment to say if she is having problems with breathing this procedure will help her. I believe I stated bleeding and that was incorrect. Sorry.

RE: liver is shutting down and stomach is getting bigger??help

by emma1234 on Sun Aug 26, 2007 12:00 AM

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Hi,

Am very sorry to hear about this-i have just gone through a very similar thing with my dear mum,her stomach swelled up & was told that it was fluid which could be drained off easily in hospital or the hospice,so she chose the hospice.I dont want to alarm you,as if it is fluid i know she will be ok again for a while until the fluid builds up again.But i would have wanted to know the truth,which i feel was not told to my family & it was a huge shock,as we had expected her to last another couple of months.However,when they tried there was no fluid there-she had to wait 48hrs to have an ultrasound scan when they found it was gas build up.She was told that she would have to pass this naturally(but we were not told the consequences if she couldn't)But at this stage after being swollen for about a week in total now,she couldn't & the next day was in pain & passed away that eve(last sat.).

If you need any other info pls dont hesitate to contact me as i know exactly what you are going through.My best wishes are with you all at this time.

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