Is there a doctor in the house? Help with a death cert, please!

Started by Private User on Sunday, May 15, 2011

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Private User
5/15/2011 at 7:12 PM

James Cowley is one of my greats. I can't read the cause of death on his death cert - I'd probably be able to puzzle it out if I spoke medicalise...

It looks to me as though he suffered an accident, had surgery, spent six months in the hospital, and then died. Can anyone shed light on the handwritten cause of death?

Thanks so much in advance for any help you can give!

5/15/2011 at 7:42 PM

Why didn't they just type it all, sorry maybe someone else can read it.

Private User
5/15/2011 at 8:04 PM

I know, funny, huh? Thanks for trying!

Private User
5/15/2011 at 9:15 PM

bumping

Private User
5/15/2011 at 11:56 PM

Here is a snapshot: http://i632.photobucket.com/albums/uu41/bpbrox/004322033_00136.jpg

Looks like some complications after an operation in November 17th 1939, 6 months earlier. The second line starts with Ascending colon

5/16/2011 at 1:30 AM

First line starts with what looks like 'Carcinoma of'.
Second line is (as Bjorn said) 'Ascending colon, Iluem'. That is 'iluem' with a capital i.
Third line looks like 'metrioperitoneal' .

I am somewhat f a handwrite analyst the technical term of which presently evades me.

And now for something completely different, if you'll excuse me. What is 'bumping' ?

Private User
5/16/2011 at 1:44 AM
Private User
5/16/2011 at 1:51 AM

Since it is medical terms the third line is probably "and retroperitoneal" as in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retroperitoneal_hemorrhage

5/16/2011 at 5:20 AM

It's definitely related to cancer of the digestive tract...your ileum is the part of your intestines in the lower portion of your abdomen. "Retroperitoneal" would include things like the duodenum, colon, and rectum. But that third word is a mystery. It looks like "inocum," which wouldn't mean anything (though "inoculum" is a term for what you're inoculated with). I'll pass it along to some friends in medicine and see what they can come up with.

Private User
5/16/2011 at 5:26 AM
5/16/2011 at 6:31 AM

I'm with you, Bjørn, but that third word has me curious and wanting to make sure. Private User, I sent the picture to a friend of mine who is currently in med school, because I figure that if he can't decipher it, he's around a ton of people who might be able to help.

Private User
5/16/2011 at 8:40 AM

Wow, thanks you guys, you rock!!

"Bumping" means posting to a thread for the sole purpose of getting it to move back up in a list of threads that age when no one is posting to them... In other words, I was afraid that my question would sink down to the third or fourth page of discussions and go unnoticed, so by posting to it I caused it to move back up to the top again. Make sense?

RE: Handwriting expertise - Is "graphologist" the word you were looking for? I hate when words skitter around in my head and refuse to be captured!

5/16/2011 at 9:32 AM

@Jennifer

Yep, that makes sense and yep, I think thats the word I was looking for and yep, lol, capture those words baby!

Private User
5/17/2011 at 11:42 AM

bumping

Private User
5/17/2011 at 12:57 PM

Yes, it looks like it says:
Carcinoma of [__________]
Ascending colon [________]
and retroperitonial.

Sounds like complications of colon cancer.

Private User
5/17/2011 at 12:59 PM

Take 2:
Carcinoma of [__________]
Ascending colon + Cecum
and retroperitonial.

Private User
5/17/2011 at 1:04 PM

Take 3:
Carcinoma of [__________]
Ascending colon, Ileum
and retroperitonial.

Private User
5/17/2011 at 1:07 PM

I BELIEVE I GOT IT....
Take 4:
Carcinoma of Caecum
Ascending colon, Ileum
and retroperitonial.

What do I win? LOL

Private User
5/17/2011 at 4:05 PM

Wahoooo! Ding ding ding ding, we have a WINNER!!!

And your prize is...my undying gratitude?

Hmmm, if that's not enough, how about I won't send my Darling Six YO over to your house to tell you in excrutiating detail about Ben 10 and his "army-matrix"? Now THERE'S a prize!

Seriously, K, thanks so much, I really appreciate it. ;)

Private User
5/17/2011 at 4:53 PM

Yeah the word Caecum threw me off, because I've seen it as Cecum before. But, while I was "searching" the anatomy of the rectum (who'da thunk Geni.com would have me looking at images of rectums), I came across the word Cecum...and thought, "I wonder if it's also written as Caecum..." Lo and behold it was.

Private User
5/17/2011 at 7:21 PM

You are good!! I'm really happy, thanks. Hey, everyone, thanks so much for playing The Cause of Death Game!!! /lol

Private User
5/17/2011 at 8:49 PM

Glad I could help...it was actually a "fun" game.

Private User
5/19/2012 at 7:27 AM

"Carcinoma of Caecum Ascending colon, Ileum and retroperitonial"
Carcinoma is a Cancer of the epithelial tissue. The Caecum is a pouch, usually peritoneal, that is considered to be the beginning of the large intestine. It receives fecal material from the Ileum, which is the third and final and longest section of the small intestine. It connects to the ascending colon of the large intestine. The ascending colon is made up of muscles that move waste upward and onward through the large intestine. The peritoneum both supports the abdominal organs and serves as a conduit for their blood and lymph vessels and nerves. The structures that lie behind the peritoneum are termed "retroperitoneal" and include the ascending and descending portions of the colon.
Looks to me like your Uncle had Colorectal Cancer, commonly known as bowel cancer, in the colon and parts of the large intestine. You may want a second opinion. : )

Private User
5/23/2012 at 9:23 PM

Thanks, Dave!

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