Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties
129 Doctors Online

By proceeding, I accept the Terms and Conditions

Dr. Andrew Rynne
MD
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

HCM Blog Instant Access to Doctors
HCM BlogQuestions Answered
HCM Blog Satisfaction
  • question-icon

    Weight loss, pain, diarrhea. Is cause of death sepsis?

I don't understand why the doctor put Sepsis on my Husbands death certificate. He had not been feeling well for some time (the last few years). Everytime we went to the his doctor, he was sent for blood work, stool and other tests. He would be in a lot of pain and stopped eating. I just thought he was tired of my cooking so I would try a new recipe. That didn't work either. That went on for more than a year. He was loosing weight and still in a lot of pain. Back to the doctor and more pain pills. Then a year ago we started taking him to ER. they would go through their routine, sometime they would admit him and sometime they would just check him out. Two weeks before he died ER checked him out at two thirty in the morning. He took a cab home. All through this he had extreem diarrhea as well as the pain in his gut. On a scale 1-10 he always said 11 and a half. When the surgeon opened him up his small intestine was dead and his large intestine was well on the way. My question is--- would you call this Sepsis?
Thu, 11 Jul 2013
Report Abuse
General & Family Physician 's  Response
hello mam,
First of all i am extremely sorry for your loss.You need to know that late diagnosis of small bowel obstruction may lead to sepsis and death.Sepsis with septic shock occurs as a host response to bacterial signals.As the correct treatment is not received by your husband the infection spread all over the body which lead to sepsis and death.Take care.Thank you.
I find this answer helpful
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]
Share on
 

Related questions you may be interested in

doctor1 MD

Hello, doctor. My mother has been in the hospital for 3 weeks now she had a 4lb sleen removed. It was swollen and before that she had lost 70...

Recent questions on  Septic shock

doctor1 MD

I have severe inflammatory breast condition that has resulted in septic shock twice this year. I have had a PICC line for IV Vancomycin to treat...

doctor1 MD

I Have a brother in law on life support in the E.R right now and all vitals are good except his B.P. He's reading 110/56. Resp are 21 and Ps02 are...

doctor1 MD

I have been having these spasms in my diaphragm, It feels like I need to cough all the time. and it feels like i cant get a full breath of air. The...

doctor1 MD

3 years ago I suffered what they termed sepsis with septic shock with no known cause. As a result I had numbness in the tip of one thumb and on my...

doctor1 MD

Hi my father died in May of this year. He was 83 but had been in relatively good health. He was diabetic since his late sixties. When he was...

doctor1 MD

Hi I am a 37 year old, normally very healthy female. I have 6 healthy children and have a very normal healthy life. I started feeling fatigued and...

doctor1 MD

my left elbow is red -swollen -very warn to the touch-and ache. very tender . i had a temp. of 102.8 almost went into septic shock. after 4 days in...