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Death for an ASL patient - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   how long does a patient live after they are not able to move any body part?? i was told it was a minimum of 7 days or higher
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
Doctor :   Iam Dr.
User :   xxxxxxxx
Doctor :   plz wait
User :   this question is about an ASL patient
Doctor :   ASL means
User :   lou gehrigs disease
User :   ALS patient
Doctor :   ALS expand
Doctor :   There are two componnents
Doctor :   brain death
User :   how long does a person with ALS live after they can not move any body part such as the hand
User :   someone told me they would live at least 7 days
Doctor :   I am not having enoug idea
Doctor :   I have to reseacrh
Doctor :   and inaswer
Doctor :   You are telling me what is ALS
Doctor :   I will give u call
User :   no
Doctor :   or we will give u enough time
Doctor :   In ICU setting we see patients have lim paralsysis
Doctor :   for 1 month
Doctor :   but still they are conscious
Doctor :   And it will take longer time to recover
Doctor :   ex in GBS Guillen Burry syndrome
Doctor :   pateints do not move lims and cehst
Doctor :   they will be under ventilors
Doctor :   but they survive after months
User :   a nurse told me a ALS patient will live at least 7 days or up to 1 month or longer
Doctor :   it depends on the cause
Doctor :   Plz log back in after some time
User :   final stages of als
Doctor :   I will do research
Doctor :   Ok
User :   the nurse said a patient with ALS will live at least 7 days and others will live up to 1 month before they pass away from the final stages of ALS
Doctor :   She is true
Doctor :   And I was alos telling the same thing
Doctor :   Heart and lungs are different
User :   OK
Doctor :   Nerve ypply to limbs are different
Doctor :   Is the chest moving or or uuder ventilator
User :   she is breathing with help
Doctor :   ok
User :   nothing else such as her hands,fingers do not move at all
Doctor :   When under ventilator patients usually survive for few days
User :   i know she is in her final days
Doctor :   The Question is there brain death?
Doctor :   If the patient;s brain is not dead , he will survive for few days
Doctor :   I am not sure how many days he survice
User :   i guess that is what i am looking for
User :   ok
Doctor :   totally depend on brain function
Doctor :   if the brain is functioning, heart and lungs will function for few hours
User :   when they pronounce her dead is what i am looking for
Doctor :   Sorry if the brain is dead heart and lung will function for few hrs
User :   so she can live at least 7 days
User :   i see
Doctor :   Sorry I am not exactly sure of the days
User :   i think i understand
Doctor :   it dpends on the cause
Doctor :   it depend xxxx
Doctor :   blessings
User :   i know
Doctor :   he may survive upto 7 days
User :   when god calls her home
Doctor :   Exactly
User :   i guess i understand now
Doctor :   They may survive 7 day 1 mo on ventilors if the brain is funtioning still they dont move limbs
User :   all up 2 god
User :   ty
Doctor :   Did u get me ?
User :   you answered my question
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   but otherway does not work. If the brain is dead it will take only few hours stop hear and lngs
Doctor :   hi
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