LIVER FAILURE, KIDNEY FAILURE

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distraught
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   Posted 10/3/2007 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi
 
Im writing this post as i would like some advice.
 
My ex boyfriend and best friend was rushed into hospital (by me, who is an EMT) 2 nights ago, on arrival he was extremely jaundice, haematemesis due to varices and fitting, he was fully aware and was able to chat.
 
Upon hospital admission he has been admitted to the ICU where he is ventilated, they say he has liver failure, kidney failure and is still bleeding from the varices.  He is on dialysis at the moment and they have classed his condition as critical and unstable.
 
I was just wondering if anyone out there has been in a similar situation and can tell me what the prognosis is likely to be, I am aware that it carries a very high mortality rate but would like to know if anyone out there has survived similar.
 
 

Ruth Ann
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   Posted 10/3/2007 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I know this must be a very traumatic time. Your friend sounds much younger than my 70 year old father, but my dad is in kidney and liver failure as well. He has been jaundiced and in ICU for 2 weeks. The doctors don't seem to give an exact prognosis - very vague. Things they have checked for include, bleeding internally which is not good. My father has varices but no bleeding. They check for infections, because when kidney and liver failure are combined the body has an inability to fight them: sepsis is important to find early and fast. My father has encepelopathy - some sort of sleepiness, confusion due to the toxins that the liver and kidney cannot process and he is on dialisys. Seizures can happen and a rocking behavior during sleep. He has not fully woken up in 2 weeks, but After dialisis he has opened his eyes more and calmed down. Doctors implied to me that dialisis might give kidneys a break and they might start back up on their own. Not yet so in my case. Ventilation is tricky because if they are on too long then they have trouble getting off - however you do not want him to asperate. Lactulose seems imperative to remove toxins - we have given him bilirubin. The balance of fluids becomes tricky - electrolytes. I am asking the same questions and have no answers. I hope that your friend is young and strong and can come through this. Maybe this is the time to look into transplant and find MELD score, check in to TIPS adn MARS. Please let me know if you find any decent kind of prognosis. All the hope in the world to you and your friend and his health. I am the post right below yours.

Ruth Ann
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   Posted 10/3/2007 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I think banding might be suggested for bleeding though varices. And stay on top of those doctors.

distraught
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   Posted 10/4/2007 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ruth
 
Thank your for your reply.
 
I have just been to visit him, doctors have said because of his age, 34, they are giving him a fighting chance.  They estimate he has a 1% chance of survival.
 
They have banded a few of the varices this morning, and are hoping to extubate him later if it doesnt distress him too much, he was coming off the sedation while I was visiting and was moving his limbs and head and looking at me, so im sure he is aware.
 
Fingers crossed i will keep u posted.
 
Laura

reese1022
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   Posted 10/28/2009 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
I have a similiar situation to you laura. My boyfriend was at a workout because he was supposed to be leaving for the marines in novemeber. After is mile and a half run he said he felt like he was gunna faint and was rushed to the hospital . When I arrived the doctord told me he was just deydrated and I could take him home. This was a saturday for the whole weekend he kept complaining of body pain. By monday night we had been to three hospitals and we found out he was having liver and kidney failure. He was than transfered to hospital number four and has been her for two weeks. His brain is swelling he is on a breathing machine his spleen ruptured and he is on dialisis. We have no answers to why this happened to him he has been in acomma and was paralyzed by the docotrs. He has woken up and he moved his head and opened his eyes. He knows I am there but his blood pressure dropped so they sedated him again. Like I said we have no answers and he is only 21. I feel for you and know what you are going through, I am looking for more answers on my own cause I ahte watching him lay in the bed day after day with no help. Please keep me posted about ur friend and I will deff let u know what happens. They have told us more than once that he wasn't going to make it but he has made it through everything. Just have faithm
Theresa

hep93
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   Posted 10/28/2009 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello, Theresa, and welcome to the forum.  I am so very sorry to hear about what is happening to your b.f.  Unfortunately, the posts you picked up on are two years old.  You might get more replies if you start a New Topic.  You can copy and paste what you've already written to a new page.

I have no idea why your b.f.'s liver and kidneys suddenly failed, unless it was drug related or he ingested a toxin.  I am sure the doctors are doing everything they can for him.  Please do keep us updated.

Hugs,

Connie


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JAdams
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   Posted 1/19/2011 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I know that these comments were posted years ago...but ....I currently have a friends that is 32 and has went through the same things...she was dehydrated on a friday and the hospital stated she had flu like symptoms and that she needed IV and then could go home....that sunday...her husband took her back to the hospital she was put into ICU with liver and kidney failure. She was rushed to a bigger hospital that was to put her on a liver transplant list...but with in a week of being there they stated her liver had repaired itself and that the kidneys that were at 30% might fix themself....during this week she also went through her brain swelling and we just about lost her due to her brain pushing down on her brain stem. Due to dialysis they were able to remove 4 liters of water which they believe saved her life. She is still in hospital and is making lots of improvements such as out of a coma off the breathing tubes and they just took out her feeding tube and put her on a liquid diet. She is able to move and talk but she is not at 100% yet....doctors have no idea what happened to my friend and seem to have no anwsers.

We need to find out what out there can cause this so that more people dont have to go through this!!!

DGinSD
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   Posted 1/19/2011 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   
JAdams,
 
Welcome to Healing Well.  Sorry to hear about your friend's condition.  It would be nice if there were updates from those from the older posts to see if they ever found out what had caused those rapid declines.  Because of the brain swelling, the whole mystery and quick onset, and in your friend's case, an apparent recovery, I'd be inclined to think of some virus.  Otherwise, the flu like symptoms and rapid liver failure would lead me in the direction of what I have which is Autoimmune Hepatitis.  It's a rare disorder but doesn't usually onset like that but every patient is different so you never know.  Aside from the fluids did they give your friend any other treatment?  Are they running tests to try to figure it out? 
 
Please keep us updated as to her progress.
 
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hep93
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   Posted 1/19/2011 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   

JAdams, welcome.  You might want to post on a separate thread (click on New Topic instead of Reply) so more people will see it and you will get more input.  Your friend's problems may be related to toxicity from some drug she has taken, such as acetaminophen.

Hugs,

Connie


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