First used Bactroban topically along with Vancomycin until renal failure then one antibiotic after another. Infection now spread over half her chest with blisters and blood in less than a week. Yesterday they said has squamous cell from biopsy. Confused as to how an infection got so out of control that now squamous cell cancer. WBC went from 0 to 18.8 in five days PLTS from 89 to 507 in same time frame now WBC 3.5 and PLTS 600. What does all this mean? Where do I go for help when doctors don't know. She was also just diagnosed with congestive heart failure with pericardial effusion. We have an Oncologist, General, pathologist, infectious disease and plastic surgeon on the case and all stumped never seeing and infection from a port like this. Any help or direction would be appreciated.
Well I am no expert but have been around people who have chemotherapy ... if a Port line or topical site infection gets out of control the best thing to do is take it out. Your oncologists may know better but this is what I have seen. I have seen infected Hickmann lines pulled out and a temporary line (like an Arrow cath or PICC line) put in even when the patient has no neutrophils, UNLESS your mum has no accessible veins on the other side.
It is a hard call but I think your doctors will know the answer. I wish your mum all the best.
Infections from a central line can be devastating. If she's had chemo her immune system is not working as it should. I would say you need an infection control specialist to advise on the type of antibiotics to use. She has alot of other issues that can cause a problem with antibiotics. This type of infection moves fast, so don't be surprised at the speed she's gotten sick.
Hi, sorry your Mother is going through this. I contracted Mrsa in a port. Took six weeks to get under control touch and go removed port a cath and all kinds of antibiotics finally one day my fever broke and I started getting better. So don't give up hope. I have a lot of other med problems to. I will pray for her.
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