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Old 06-25-2005, 09:19 AM   #1
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We need questions answered.

Sometime ago my son must have had an accident involving the bar on his bike.
This caused a stricture in his urethra caused by scar tissue forming.
I have to make a very long story for everyone.
He has been through numerous tests, catheters and one surgery to try and clear the blockage.
This surgery worked for about a month and then it was back. Painful urination and passing blood.
After more tests it was determined he was going to go in for a more in depth surgery involving the disection of the strictured area. This surgery took place last Thursday morning at 10:30am. This 3 hour surgery fell apart. Something went wrong which caused my son to become critical. He was bleeding out on the operating table. He lost 1.5 litres of blood which caused his hemoglobin to go from 160 t0 63. Which is where it currently sits. This surgery ended up taking almost 6 hours. We are frustrated What went wrong.
My question is does anyone know anything about hemoglobin levels and when trasfusions are required. Our son is 16 We are very worried about his heart and how much it can handle.

Thanks in advance

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Old 06-25-2005, 02:17 PM   #2
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Re: We need questions answered.

I am so sorry your son is having this problem. Unfortunately, I do not have any answers for you.

Is there any reason why they are not giving blood transfusions?

Old 06-25-2005, 03:08 PM   #3
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The normal levels for hemoglobin are actually between 12 and 14 although considering your son's age he's probably pretty normal being at 16 (not 160). However, 6.3 (not 63) is what he dropped to can be fairly precarious. However, I was recently discovered to have a poorly functioning spleen which was discovered when my hemoglobin (hgb) went to 6.6. I was transfused with two units of blood and given an infusion of 1200 cc of iron (over three-four hours - for the iron). So, given that he did have a major bleed, and it seems they caught it, I would be less concerned about the hgb dropping and more concerned about how the three hour surgery developed into a 6 hour surgery and why. Obviously something went wrong. And, while I know you are in the middle of bigger things, you'll need to find out about the long term affects of the surgery in terms of urination, continency, and impotence. Good luck and keep us posted. chris

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