Strava Bro wrote:
My best guess is that he either had a perforated ulcer or diverticulitis w/ perforation, ended up in septic shock in the ICU at SLU, and never recovered. The other possibility would be a bad case of pancreatitis. Unusual for someone his age but it occasionally happens. Hard to say more without knowing other details. Someone young like him has more reserve and might 'sit' on an infection for longer than elderlies, which could result in him showing up to the hospital sicker and septic.
Thanks for the replies.
How do you get the infection or diverticulitis? Is there anything we can do to lower our odds of getting something like this? Or is it all internal? It's not like he got a cut or anythign, right?
Marfan (Lynn Bias) runs in wife’s family. Her grandfather died shortly after emergency surgery for diverticulitis. Marfan is a risk factor, like on the heart, influences organ structure. Funnily enough, Mrs. is going in for surgery on Tuesday, for colon resection. Last month during colonoscopy physician noticed tight opening of colon, suspected past infection. Problem confirmed thru CT scan. No real indication of problem. Stats are by age 80 a third of the population has diverticulitis. My understanding is problems increase when the surgery becomes emergency versus elective.