Topic: Bad news: More infection and blockage in stent.

Hi.

My dad had the metallic stent placement surgery on May 4. And after that his bilirubin count was going down. It had gone down from 34 to 15. The stents were working and he seemed to be recovering. But all this while he always had fever due to remaining infection in his body, which the doctors said would go away with antibiotics.

Then after 2 weeks of the stent placement, his new blood reports showed increasing bilirubin. And scans showed that infection and puss had deveoped in his liver, and the right stent was not working properly to drain out all the bile produced in his liver. The right stent is blocked again. He needs to be operated again this week to place a third stent. Right now the infection is being drained out of his body and into a bag, until his opeartion.

He's been fighting the fever, jaundice and infection for 3 months now. And until the infection and fever are not gone, and he regains his strength, we cannot start the chemo.

Rosy.

Re: Bad news: More infection and blockage in stent.

Rosy,
I am sorry your father has had such problems. Hopefully the third stent will help the situation.

Chemo can be hard on the body. I know it is scary, but it is best for him to wait.

I will be thinking good thoughts for you.

Kris

Cancer is a word, not a sentence.

36 year old patient with buckets of hope

Re: Bad news: More infection and blockage in stent.

Rosy....good luck tomorrow on the placement of the stent.  This may finally rid your Dad of the lousy infection he is fighting.
Tons of good wishes coming your way,
Marion

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Re: Bad news: More infection and blockage in stent.

Rosy;
I am so sory that your Dad is having to go through this. Just know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your Dad.  I agree with Kris that chemo is hard on the body so it's best to wait until he is stronger. My prayers are with you that he finally gets some relief from this infection.
God Bless,
Jamie

Re: Bad news: More infection and blockage in stent.

Hi,
I am writing after a long time. The doctors didn't place the third stent. They just kept draining out some infection for the past 2 weeks from the different segments of his liver. He had developed abscess in his liver. And they say the right stent was only partially blocked and can still drain out the bile properly.
My dad's bilirubin is down to 5.7 now, but his fever is still there. The contineous fever leaves him feeling weak. The doctors did a lab culture of his bile and are changing antibiotics and hoping that the fever goes in another 48 hours.

Rosy.

Re: Bad news: More infection and blockage in stent.

Hi Rosy....we have seen this before on this board.  A change of antibiotics and the infection recedes,  I am hoping for the same for your Dad. 
Marion

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Re: Bad news: More infection and blockage in stent.

My dad's fever isn't getting cured even after four changes of antibiotics. We even changed doctors. He was been having fever due to cholongitis first and then he was fine for a while till he deveoped liver abscesses which is really dangerous. I am so upset because all the bad things possible are happening to him. Just one good news that his jaundice is very low now.

Rosy

Re: Bad news: More infection and blockage in stent.

I was having the same problem. #1 - They made sure that I had a blood culture when the fever hit. #2 - They tried combinations of antibiotics, not just one by one.

I'm now on Bactrim and Flagyll semi-permanently. Fevers are under control.

FYI - I am also allergic to penicillin so that limited the antibiotics choices.