Ever heard of gangrene(sp) in intestines?

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   Posted 4/3/2009 5:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Anyone ever heard of why gangrene would set in in large bowl?  My son's next door neighbor, Charlie, has been through hell the last week fighting for his life.  Apparently his large bowl had gangrene?????  I've never heard of this before. 
He was in local hosp. that didn't treat him properly, his wife finally convinced them to Lifeflight him to Pittsburgh.  As of now his is still there, but they are talking of sending him elsewhere for a transplant.  Please pray for him and his young family.

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   Posted 4/3/2009 6:31 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah Gangrene is caused by a bacterial infection that thrives in anaerobic (no oxygen) conditions. Just as you would find in the gut if there is dead tissue, or deep in a limb wound that has an occluded blood supply. Once it gets going, it can be very hard to stop it from spreading, and treatment is (I believe, I may be wrong) often with high levels of oxygen into the tissue.
It's a classic example of the sort of serious complication that shouldn't ever get the chance to set in, if the correct diagnosis and treatment is followed in the first place. And sadly, also the sort of thing that CD sufferers can (at worst) end up with a terminal case of - you never die of Crohn's, it's always the complications... eyes
Charlie and his family certainly have my best wishes winging to them. yeah Please let us know the outcome.

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   Posted 4/3/2009 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I have seen it.
My prayers are with them.
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   Posted 4/3/2009 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Sno, that's what I thought. That would explain all the "back pain" he'd been complaining about, which is what sent him to the ER to begin with.


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   Posted 4/3/2009 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I am so sorry to hear of Charlie having gangrene. It is a very serious complication. I had a small bowel blockage surgery and after a week of not improving, the dr. did an exploratory and found gangrene in the bowel. He had taKen out part of the small bowel during the blockage surgery and then took out more when he found gangrene. I have 1/3 of the small bowel left. I had a 106.7 fever and had a 5-10 % chance of living.I was in ICU for a month.
It can be taken care of. I do pray he gets the best medical care available.
Diagnosed  Crohn's, 1998..Gangrene Small Bowel,1998..Ostomy Take Down,1999..TPN for 5 1/2 months..Adhesion Removal,1999..Abdominal Hernia Repair,2000..Kidney Artery Bypass,2001..Diabetes,,Sleep Apnea,,Silent Heart Attack,,Blocked Kidney Artery after the Bypass..Bulging Disks, Pinched Nerve..MEDS--,Purinethol,Folic Acid, Fish Oil,Remicade,Bentyl,Anamantle Cream,Cortifoam ,Tramadol, .and many more. 26 meds..

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   Posted 4/3/2009 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh wow.... Man... That's awful. I hope Charlie comes through it okay... That's so scary. :(
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.

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   Posted 4/3/2009 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   
How horrible!! Praying for wisdom for the doctors, swift healing for Charile, and strength and peace for his family and friends!
Diagnosed with rectal Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.

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   Posted 4/4/2009 2:11 AM (GMT -7)   
heard of it and HAD it twice! see my website for pictures of the wound post surgery.. besure to check all the pages of pictures..


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