Steroid use after brain surgery

I just lost my 8 year old chihuahua mix. He had no symptoms until a few weeks ago. We were still running tests. Blood work ok, fungal test negative, but very cloudy X-ray. Tracheal wash was inconclusive but mast cells and blood present. Ultrasound showed mass near kidney. His breathing had become a little heavier after exertion. We were scheduling for a ct and had given him a few small dose steroid shots over the past week, one every 3 days to help with appetite because he had quit eating. Two days before he died, his breathing had become a little heavier (never open mouthed though). The Dr had said even if ct confirmed cancer, he probably wouldnt be a candidate for chemo since it had probably spread to the lungs. I decided to go ahead and begin high dose steroids for cancer treatment in the hope of having some quality time with him. After 24 hrs on them, his breathing was more labored and I don’t know if it was from the illness or if the steroids could have caused it. Dr wanted to wait 24 more hrs to see if improvement so I had appt scheduled 48 hrs after starting the high dose steroids. That morning, he barked a few seconds at the door, then coughed a small drop of blood. I grabbed him to head toward the vet and within minutes he began to bleed from his nose and mouth. He died in my arms on the way. He seemed fine and 30 minutes later he was gone. I don’t know if it was his illness (cancer?) that caused this or if the steroids could have done something. I’ve heard of stomach ulcers and blood clots being side effects. Is there any way within 48 hrs of being on them, he could have that type of complication from the drugs? I am heartbroken and in shock. I had little time to process he was sick before he was gone. I am so worried my choosing to go the high steroid route may have caused his death and it was not a peaceful one so I am haunted by it.

Laws and Penalties:  Concerns over growing illegal AAS abuse by teenagers, and many of the just discussed long-term effects, led Congress in 1991 to place the whole AAS class of drugs into Schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).  Under this legislation, AAS are defined as any drug or hormonal substance, chemically and pharmacologically related to T (other than estrogens, progestins, and corticosteroids) that promotes muscle growth.  The possession or sale of AAS without a valid prescription is illegal.  Since 1991, simple possession of illegally obtained AAS carry a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a minimum $1,000 fine if this is an individual’s first drug offense.  The maximum penalty for trafficking (selling or possessing enough to be suspected of selling) is five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 if this is the individual’s first felony drug offense.  If this is the second felony drug offense, the maximum period of imprisonment and the maximum fine both double.  While the above listed penalties are for federal offenses, individual states have also implemented fines and penalties for illegal use of AAS.  State executive offices have also recognized the seriousness of AAS abuse and other drugs of abuse in schools. For example, the State of Virginia enacted a law that will allow student drug testing as a legitimate school drug prevention program (48, 49).

Wow. I wonder now if Decadron may be contributing to my partner's increased irritablity and anger. He gets Decadron as a pre-med infusion every two weeks as part of his chemotherapy treatments. He was also taking Decadron pills for a couple days after chemo, but stopped that (with his oncologist's blessing) a couple of treatments ago. He still gets the black hole appetite though and over the past few weeks has become for angry an intollerant of any mistakes that I or anyone else makes. Does anyone know how long it takes for the Decadron side effects to dissappear?

This is a rare complication that may occur if a small hole is made in the fibrous sac and does not close up after the needle puncture. These small holes are only made in less than 1% of epidural injections and usually heal on their own. The spinal fluid inside can leak out, and when severe, the brain loses the cushioning effect of the fluid, which causes a severe headache when you sit or stand. These types of headaches occur typically about 2-3 days after the procedure and are positional - they come on when you sit or stand and go away when you lie down. If you do develop a spinal headache, it is OK to treat yourself. As long as you do not feel ill and have no fever and the headache goes away when you lay down, you may treat yourself with 24 hours of bed rest with bathroom privileges while drinking plenty of fluids. This almost always works. If it does not, contact the radiologist who performed the procedure or your referring physician. A procedure (called an epidural blood patch) can be performed in the hospital that has a very high success rate in treating spinal headaches.  

Steroid use after brain surgery

steroid use after brain surgery

This is a rare complication that may occur if a small hole is made in the fibrous sac and does not close up after the needle puncture. These small holes are only made in less than 1% of epidural injections and usually heal on their own. The spinal fluid inside can leak out, and when severe, the brain loses the cushioning effect of the fluid, which causes a severe headache when you sit or stand. These types of headaches occur typically about 2-3 days after the procedure and are positional - they come on when you sit or stand and go away when you lie down. If you do develop a spinal headache, it is OK to treat yourself. As long as you do not feel ill and have no fever and the headache goes away when you lay down, you may treat yourself with 24 hours of bed rest with bathroom privileges while drinking plenty of fluids. This almost always works. If it does not, contact the radiologist who performed the procedure or your referring physician. A procedure (called an epidural blood patch) can be performed in the hospital that has a very high success rate in treating spinal headaches.  

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