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Having stomach pain, breathless and low appetite. Guide

my father in law as complained that he gets pain on both sides of his stomach when he lies down to go to sleep, he is breathless and cant walk far without stopping.He is 79 years old never smoked in his life . he as lost half of a stone within a week and lost his appetite. he is in hostpital now and going for a ct scan what will they be looking for.thank you
Asked On : Sat, 6 Apr 2013
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Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

I am sorry that your father in law feels so unwell.

Loss of appetite and unintentional weight loss in an elderly persons is concerning. The investigations whether blood or imaging, would be focusing on ruling out any evidence of malignancy.

The CT scan would be looking for any masses present.

The doctors may also suggest blood tests such as a full blood count to check for anemia in light of his easy fatigue.

I hope this helps
Answered: Sat, 6 Jul 2013
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