Thread: stomach drained
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Old 05-21-2009, 11:13 PM   #2
Join Date: May 2009
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xBrownEyedGirl HB User
Re: stomach drained

Doctors do not like to drain the stomache often, especially if the patient is very ill. It can cause infections and other complications.

My father just got a liver transplant and he started out having his stomache drained once a month. Weeks before his transplant, 7-8 months later he was having it drained every week. Sometimes, they only way the doctor would do it was if his ammonia level was really high or the fluid started building up in his lungs, because there was a chance my dad wouldn't wake up after the procedure so they only wanted to do it if they absolutely had to.

Just because your brother's alcohol abuse caused this, that doesn't mean he can't get a transplant. Wish the best for you and your brother.