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Low Blood Pressure after chemo, noe in ICU


I have a Brother who is 70. He had non hodgkin's lymphoma B cell type. He had 6 rounds of R Chop chemo and did well for 2 months except for a couple of infections which were treated with antibiotics. About 7 weeks ago he developed swelling in the feet which travelled very quickly. He was hospitalized. He is now in ICU. He has a breathing tube. All his organs are working except his low blood pressure is being maintained on IV medication.
He has been thoroughly investigated even had exploratory bowel surgery and an ablation. He does have low platelets but no cause. Any thoughts about what would be causing the blood pressure to be so low? Also how long can it be maintained on medication?

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replied November 29th, 2015
Welcome to e health forum.

Your brother has a serious medical condition and it is possible that a combination of autonomic neuropathy, Systemic inflammatory response syndrome and septic shock - could be the cause of hypotension , as a result of which he is being maintained on Vasoconstrictors and Inotropic medications (medications to maintain the cardiac output and the blood pressure).

If all the organs (heart, lungs, brain, liver and kidneys) are functioning normally or if they recover their function in due time, the condition can improve and your brother can get better.

In case there is failure of any one of the organ, then it can cause system overload and result in failure of the other organs, and hence result in death.

It would be recommended that you consult with the treating doctors who can explain your brothers condition properly.

I hope this helps.

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