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knahs1
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   Posted 3/25/2011 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone had an infection after getting an illiostomy if so what were the symptoms?

blueglass
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   Posted 3/25/2011 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I got an infection a week after I got out of the hospital (twelve days after the surgery). I was feeling draggy in the morning, and by the afternoon had a 102.9 temp. I also had increased pain in my butt wound, as it was an abscess. I got four more days in the hospital.... first had a CT where they found the abscess, and my surgeon drained it that night. I was then on a range of antibiotics, while they waited for the blood cultures to come back, and then they figured out it was staph, resistant to penicillin and bactrim, and they just put me on one appropriate antibiotic.

It was a setback, but just that .... it is taking my butt wound a long time to heal (it's been 4 weeks since the surgery now), but so far no more infections.

My surgeon said that my particular infection/abscess is usually much more slow going and is usually an outpatient thing. It's because of the prednisone I was on and other ways I was immunocompromised that mine was such a crisis.

Christine1946
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   Posted 3/25/2011 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
     I had a strange episode while still in the hospital and till today the surgeon has no idea what exactly happened.  On the 8th day of my hospitalization the nurse was doing her 11 pm rounds to take vitals.  She couldn't get a reading on her blood pressure machine and had to go get the old fashioned one with the cuff.  My blood pressure had dropped to 70/40, my heart rate was 152 and temperature 105.  I did not feel ill at all, just tired and wished they would all go away and let me sleep.  However, that never happened.  All hell broke loose, they immediately set up IV's, I suppose with antibiotic, took blood for cultures, sent me down for CT scan, took chest xray.....you name it, they did it...and all I wanted to do was sleep..lol.  Early in the morning, all had returned to normal.  My surgeon came in and said what a scare they all had.  All tests came out negative...go figure.  My ostomy nurse said they were all signs of sepsis..gulp.  Good thing I was in the hospital and being monitored.  Someone up above was looking out for me!

polishdan
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   Posted 3/25/2011 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Christine
Is sepsis the same as peritonitis?

Dan

Christine1946
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   Posted 3/25/2011 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
     Dan....not sure if they are the same.    I think peritonitis is inflammation of the peritoneum and sepsis can occur anywhere.  I had a friend who died from sepsis.  She had a kidney infection and thought it was just a back ache until it was too late.  The poison had spread throughout her system.  Very scary indeed.

smackie
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   Posted 3/25/2011 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
My wound had bacteria in it after surgery but the infection never spread to the blood stream.

My doc was mainly concerned with localized pains / high fever or spiking fevers / fast heart rate / nausea / changes in blood pressure.

I had a fast heart rate and a small fever but never got the others.

Edit: also currently have a toe infection which the dr believes is related to prednisone use and the bacteria on my ileostomy/colectomy wound. But don't have any of the symptoms above except for a bright red big toe [treating it with local and oral antibiotics]

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 3/26/2011 5:40 AM (GMT -6)   
any surgery can cause an infection:( and I've had my share! Fever, tiredness, loss of appetite, fast heart rate and the other symptoms already mentioned are indicators.

Do you monitor your temperature? I always did for the first few weeks post op...and if you do, log it, so you'll see the changes if they happen.
formally known as OHIO76 ~ honoring my daughter's passion!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my temporary ileo in 2001
Proctocolectomy w/end ileo in 2008
...wish I knew then what I know NOW!

blueglass
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   Posted 3/27/2011 7:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, I forgot about the fast heart rate and also low blood pressure (I run low anyways). When I went to the ER with my infection, I couldn't sit because of my butt wound, so the intake person took my pulse and BP standing up .... pulse was about 180, and BP was 70 or 80 over something...... they took me right in, didn't even finish the intake.... the pulse was better in a few minutes when I was lying down (well, better maybe as in 130 or so).....
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