fluid retention in the abdomen

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fluid retention in the abdomen

by jan202 on Wed Apr 13, 2011 11:17 PM

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My brother, age 57, was originally diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last August and underwent the whipple procedure.  After the surgery it was determined that the cancer originated in the ampule viator and the tumor invaded the pancreas.  He's undergone radiation and chemo.  But since the operation in August 2010, he's been retaining fluid in his stomach and has had to have it drained frequently.  About a month ago, he had a drain put in his stomach.  Now, he's getting dehydrated!  They had him turn off the valve, then open it, but he's still getting dehydrated to the point where he was in the ER 3 times last week getting fluids put in him, only to have them come out when he opens the drain.  He has now been in the hospital since Friday, getting hydrated and trying to get his blood pressure up (it's very low).  Has anyone had a similar situation?  Is this common after the whipple procedure?  Does it ever go away?  Any information would be appreciated.  Thanks.

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by brotzdesart on Sat May 14, 2011 07:03 PM

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On Apr 13, 2011 11:17 PM jan202 wrote:

My brother, age 57, was originally diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last August and underwent the whipple procedure.  After the surgery it was determined that the cancer originated in the ampule viator and the tumor invaded the pancreas.  He's undergone radiation and chemo.  But since the operation in August 2010, he's been retaining fluid in his stomach and has had to have it drained frequently.  About a month ago, he had a drain put in his stomach.  Now, he's getting dehydrated!  They had him turn off the valve, then open it, but he's still getting dehydrated to the point where he was in the ER 3 times last week getting fluids put in him, only to have them come out when he opens the drain.  He has now been in the hospital since Friday, getting hydrated and trying to get his blood pressure up (it's very low).  Has anyone had a similar situation?  Is this common after the whipple procedure?  Does it ever go away?  Any information would be appreciated.  Thanks.

What kind of fluid is he retaining?  It is possible that his stomach is not emptying like it needs to?  What kind of tests have they performed?  I had problems with my stomach emptying and would have to drain the contents or I would vomit.  They did an upper GI with barium and found my stomach was paralyzed after the surgery, put me on reglan and that helped.  If you are not seeing a doctor who is really experienced with complications from this surgery, you might want to seek one out.  Good luck!

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by ws1953 on Fri Nov 09, 2012 02:37 AM

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I just read your message and hoping your brother is doing well. Has this problem been resolved?

My youger brother has been diagnosed cancer about two years ago and he is not a candidate for a whipple surgery because the tumor is on the head of pancreas. He went through chemo and radiation at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas. He was doing ok until recently. He just went for test and they found fluid in his abdomen. He is scheduled for drainage next week. 

Is there any alternative treatment to drain fluid? How often he has to fo draining the fluid? Can you share some information please?

Thanks and best regards,

WS

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by jan202 on Sat Nov 10, 2012 05:46 PM

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On Nov 09, 2012 2:37 AM ws1953 wrote:

I just read your message and hoping your brother is doing well. Has this problem been resolved?

My youger brother has been diagnosed cancer about two years ago and he is not a candidate for a whipple surgery because the tumor is on the head of pancreas. He went through chemo and radiation at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas. He was doing ok until recently. He just went for test and they found fluid in his abdomen. He is scheduled for drainage next week. 

Is there any alternative treatment to drain fluid? How often he has to fo draining the fluid? Can you share some information please?

Thanks and best regards,

WS

Unfortunately, my brother passed away a couple of months after my post.  The fluid just robbed his body of nutrients.

I really don't have much information for you.  Originally he was on diuretics, but they didn't work.  Then he would go into the hospital, maybe once a week, to get drained.  Eventually they ended putting in a drain in his stomach so he could do the draining himself. 

I wish your brother, yourself and your family the best.  Perhaps this is a one time thing and something that will go away.

 

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by ws1953 on Sat Nov 10, 2012 09:14 PM

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I am sorry to hear about your brother. My thoughts and prayer are with you and your family.

Thanks for your kind words and just remeber us in your thoughs and prayers. We are taking one day at a time and hoping for the best.

Best regards,

WS

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