Q. Patient with metastatic carcinoma has severe diarrhea. Please help.

Answered by Dr. Satya Narayan and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.


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Hi doctor,

My mother is having metastatic carcinoma and went through radiotherapy. Now, she has got severe diarrhea, swelling in face and do not like to eat food. Please help.

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Dr. Satya Narayan
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  • First get clinical examinations done that includes vital parameters of patient such as blood pressure (BP), pulse, respiratory rate, etc.
  • Required blood investigations such as complete blood count, renal function test, liver function test and electrolyte study has to be done. Also, measure 24 hours urine output.
  • Start intravenous fluids and further continue the management accordingly on the basis of reports and urine output.
  • If the abdominal part was treated by radiotherapy and has only history of diarrhea then start lactobacillus, antimotility drugs (after each episode of diarrhea).
  • If patient have fever also then antibiotics coverage should be required.
  • My best opinion is to admit the patient, as the condition you have mentioned need continuous medical care.

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