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Common causes for weight loss - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My husband is 56 and has lost 35 lbs in 4 months and has a low appetite. No other symptoms. What will the doctors test for? All I've been told is pancreatic cancer which has scared me to death.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello
Doctor :   Is he an diabetic?
User :   I don't think so
Doctor :   Any other symptoms like repeated infections (common cold)
User :   none, he's very healthy usually
Doctor :   Ok, I meant for the past 4 months
User :   none
Doctor :   Was he having any difficulty breathing
Doctor :   Faulty food habits
Doctor :   Ireegular bowel habits?
User :   he actually stopped drinking alcohol and that's when the weight drop started
User :   bowels are fine
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Then need not worry
User :   he looks ataxic (that's what my doctor said)
Doctor :   Thats probably after alcohol withdrawal there is considerasble weight loss
Doctor :   And also lossof apetitie
Doctor :   Apetite
User :   okay. he went from 190 down to 164
Doctor :   Any kind of excess work outs
User :   no
Doctor :   The main resons for excess weight loss are
Doctor :   1. Tuberculosis
Doctor :   2. depression
Doctor :   3. persistant infections
User :   he doesn't have any of those
User :   is cancer a possibility? what kind?
Doctor :   Then probably alcohol withdrawal
Doctor :   In case of cancer will have bowel disturbances
Doctor :   Hatred to food
Doctor :   And persistant fullness in srtomach
User :   he has no appetite, I make him eat
Doctor :   Was any ultrasound done
User :   not yet
Doctor :   To rule out liver damage?
User :   what tests should be done?
Doctor :   Get an Ultrasound abdomen to rule out liver damage
Doctor :   Then with complete blood haemogram
Doctor :   These two will guide the necessity for further tests
Doctor :   Generally in liver disease too there is loss of appetite
Doctor :   Is he facing any kind fo tenderness around the abdomen on right side
User :   he says no and I gently pushed around there to see and he didn't react
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   See during alcohol consumption the calorie intake shoots up very high
Doctor :   After stopping there is very steep decline which could also be the cause
User :   okay, thank you for your input
Doctor :   Your welcome
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   Wishing him a speedy recovery
User :   Thank you, bye.
Doctor :   Bye for now
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