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Week of October 6, 2003

    Question:   Sixteen weeks ago a 14-year-old family member chose to abort twins at 17 weeks. Seven weeks later she was pregnant again, which means that she is 9 weeks pregnant now. Medically, how much trouble could she or the baby be in if she wants to carry this baby or have another abortion?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I am a 53-year-old female. Due to bleeding ulcers healing over, breaking open, and healing again, I had a blockage in the pylorus area. Since having a partial gastrectomy, nissen wrap, bilroth I, vagotomy and then five weeks later, gallbladder removal, I now have gastroparesis. I have tried all medications to no avail. I am on a 99% liquid diet, but still experience nausea. I lost a lot of weight suddenly, but it has since leveled off. My doctor also said that within the next 3-5 years I will probably need total gastrectomy. If I have a total gastrectomy, what the recovery and quality of life after are like? Are there any other alternatives?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer