• Has anyone experienced a “neurological death” of a loved one due to tumors growing and taking over their brain?

    Asked by MarktheMan on Wednesday, February 6, 2013

    Has anyone experienced a “neurological death” of a loved one due to tumors growing and taking over their brain?

    2 Answers from the Community

    • carm's Avatar

      Marktheman, I saw your question posted and I had hoped that somebody would respond with a similar experience. I am an oncology/end of life nurse so my experiences with neurological deaths come from my role as an end of life nurse. I see this quite often especially in patients with AAAs or glioblastoma multiforme. I don't know what you are looking to find out. Technically, neurological death is brain death when a patient loses the function of the brainstem or the autonomic function. Then there is no control of breathing, respiration, or temperature and supportive measures are needed. In an ICU that would be things like a ventilator, and chemicals to regulate heart rhythm. In end of life we use thiopenthol to terminally sedate them because of the high propensity for prolonged seizure activity. In patients with malignant brain tumors as their primary, this usually occurs in end of life care when the use of steroids are discontinued. It occurs when the taper is concluded. I hope this answers any questions. Note: there is seldom if any pain involved and morphine is used more of a way to lessen work of breathing and not for pain control. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      over 3 years ago
    • mtolady's Avatar

      Hello markthe man..I lost my farther to glioblastoma 7 yrs ago.....It was cancer in his brain,he lived for almost 2-yrs after diagnosas had surgery to remove some of the tumor but the cancer spread .....towards the end he was in no pain..He cut his self w/ a knife on his leg and I believe a blood clot formed from that and went to his heart and killed him....they found a blood clot covering most of his heart and two days later he was gone...but listed cause of death glioblastoma brain cancer he had tumors all over his brain...Praying God comforts you and your loved one.....

      over 3 years ago

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