Recently, actress Patty Duke passed away at age 69. Duke was an Academy Award, Emmy Award, Global Award, and advocate for mental health star. Her death seemed to take her fans by surprise due to not hearing of any serious health issues but rather this acute event. The cause of death is from a ruptured intestine also known as gastrointestinal perforation. Gastrointestinal perforation is merely how it sounds – a perforation (tear or hole) in the intestinal wall. The problem that Duke faced was that her intestinal perforation was severe; severe enough to cause a whole body infection known as sepsis. Generally, an intestinal tear can be surgically repaired but in the event of a delay in treatment, bacterial infection will begin to set sepsis in place. Intestines, appendix, ulcers and skin infections are common sites where sepsis can appear due to perforations. “Intestinal Rupture may present acutely and progressively. The following are the associated symptoms of Intestinal Rupture. Abdominal pain, severe Fainting (during sudden rupture) Fever and Chills Nausea Vomiting Abdominal rigidity (with peritonitis).” http://yourhealthaccess.com
Sepsis is a condition in the body that has a highly negative response to bacteria already present. The response in this case is called SIRS, systemic inflammatory response syndrome. A systemic inflammatory response is the catalyst that results in the actual symptoms of sepsis. The bacterial infection sets off the chemical response in the body resulting in sepsis. The infection may start somewhere in the body then spread. Some of the common places the infection may start maybe in the bloodstream, bowels, kidneys, liver, or lungs and can be acquired in-hospital stays. As a result of the infection, blood pressure begins to drops limiting blood flow to major organs.
Some of the symptoms of sepsis are:
•Severe abdominal pain
•Confusion or delirium
•Fever or low body temperature (hypothermia)
•Light-headedness due to low blood pressure
•Bruising or bleeding may also occur
Because Patty Duke was such an iconic star, sepsis, as well as intestinal diseases, is now trending. Some of the other conditions of the intestines are: diverticular, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). These diseases, or any other disease, are not limited to the famous but rather the human race. A lot of diseases can be prevented and/or death from certain diseases can be avoided. First, early detection is vital with any condition. People often feel embarrassed or feel they’ve wasted their time if the physician doesn’t appear urgent to treat. If this is the case, you may want to see another physician. Secondly, keep a watchful eye on your own body as well as your loved ones. The smallest complaint or symptom can result in an avoidable condition or death. Do not feel foolish for making a doctor’s appointment; you are the customer and without you they have no business. Thirdly, if a condition is detected, take all of your prescribed medication, keep your doctor’s appointments, and maintain a healthy diet. A lot of conditions are as a result of diet and may get progressively worse due to diet.