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Diagnosed with throat embolism. Had sore throat, change in voice. Treatment options?

My mother developed a throat embolism . Actually she was complaining for over 5 weeks of a soar throat and no one gave her much attention except for some over the counter stuff in the Nursing home she is staying at. I received a call today from my brother in New Jersey who said if they had done an MRI it would have been discovered sooner rather than later at the present. Now, they say it is too late, it is inoperable and her voice is barely distinguishable, almost as if she has marbles in her mouth while I spoke with her today. My brother said she is neither eating or drinking and the hospital feels its best for her to have hospice care and returned her to the nursing home today (around 5 pm CST). What can be done for her at this stage by hospice care to assist her to try to get some nourishment into her system? She is 94, but her birthday is next Friday, June 15th. I would appreciate a reply. My email is: YYYY@YYYY
Asked On : Mon, 11 Jun 2012
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ENT Specialist 's  Response
Aug 2013
Hello and welcome to health care magic,

I do understand your predicament. In any case since the embolism has been diagnosed then it is best to make sure she is comfortable.
For the feeding if she is not able to swallow you can try Ryles tube feeding and this will definitely help her. You can contact an ENT for the same
For the general nutrition she can be given total or partial parenteral nutrition which will make sure she gets the best nutrients. You can contact the general surgeon for the same
You can also consult an ENT to get to know the state of the vocal cords which can give valuable inputs in the treatment
You can also place this question in the ELDERLY problems section of our website

Hope this helps


Dr Sriram Nathan
Answered: Mon, 7 Apr 2014
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