• Ascites

    Asked by Wendywoo on Thursday, April 25, 2013

    Ascites

    We have an appointment this Tuesday at Mayo to meet Gyn Ongologist. The as iscites has worsened significantly in 2 days since we got the referral to mayo. Please share about your experience with this. My partner looks 7 months pregnant.

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    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Wendywoo,
      I am an oncology nurse who specializes in gyne-onc cancers and well aware of this issue, especially as it relates to OVCA. If you are wondering how ascites is resolved, it can be managed in 3 ways. Certain chemotherapies will clear it up. A paracentesis can be done where they localize a spot, insert a needle and drain the fluid out and usually take a sample to biopsy. If that is done, it might reoccur and ascitic fluid will accumulate again. The third option is a pluerex catheter which is a drainage system that is discreet and very easy for you or your partner to drain at your leisure at home. I used to do the training on them and they are fantastic. Best of luck to you and I hope this information will help until someone with direct experience with ascites answers your post, Carm RN.

      over 4 years ago
    • Wendywoo's Avatar
      Wendywoo

      The drain is an idea I had not thought of. I am able to manage things once we get home. I am an RN (but know nothing about oncology).

      over 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Wendywoo, go online and look up Denver Pleurex drainage systems. It is a plastic bottle shaped like a football with tubing attached and holds 1000 mLs. If she gets the drain it is a small flexible tube that is inserted usually on the flank and it is covered with a 4X4. You attach that tube to the bottles tubing, they click together, and then push down ob the neck of the bottle. That creates a suction and pulls the fluid out. She doesn't need to be lying down and the bottle does not have to be at gravity. The bottle has a rubber neck so when she is done, you disconnect, cut the neck and flush the fluid down the toilet. Each bottle comes with a package that has the dressing and the tegaderm cover so she can shower with it and no one will know she has it. It is instilled in radiology intervention and can be removed easily in a doctors office, like a JP drain but without the bulb attached. If you need anything, contact me on my home page here at the site and I will send you my contact information. Always good to see another sister of thelamp on the site, Carm RN.

      over 4 years ago
    • Wendywoo's Avatar
      Wendywoo

      I work sub-acute. I have used these before-just didn't think of it for this. It is odd how very different it all is when it's your own family needing the care!

      over 4 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar
      Carol-Charlie

      Hey Wendy... if you're not too tired why don't you stop by my house on your way home. I live just South West of Mpls. Or maybe another day we can round up some MN peeps and have a get together.???

      over 4 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar
      SpunkyS

      At first I wanted a drain or at least a tap for the ascites. They waited for the chemo to kick in instead. But I did have lung taps because of the fluid around the lung. UGH but good.

      over 4 years ago

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