Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever - My 1st ICU Case

December 16, 2019

 

A CASE OF DENGUE HEMORRHAGIC FEVER, PLEURAL EFFUSION AND ACUTE KIDNEY INJURY
My 1st multi organ failure, ICU case that changed my perspective towards my clinical practice and paved a way to Emergency Medicine and Homoeopathy.

 

Patient named Mr.Jaspreet Singh, aged 18 years, being declared at the verge of death in ICU of a leading Hospital of North India after fatal strike by Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever leading to uncontrolled hemorrhages and Acute Kidney Injury being put on Ventilator Support System after Pleural Effusion and Hypovolaemic Shock, knocked at the door of Homeopathy in end stage when Conventional System of Medicine failed to save a precious life.

 

How it feels when Phosphorus takes place of Heparin, Serum anguillae replaces Lasix, Ventilator Support System gets a substitute as Antimonium tart and Comatose is prevented by Opium. How it feels when a multi-specialty expert team Allopathic Physicians salute Master Hahnemann’s science, let’s discuss in this case.

 

How beautifully the Life of patient was saved Homoeopathically in presence of Renowned Allopathic Physicians with their own consent is self explanatory theme of this case.

 

  • D.O.A (at *** Ludhiana) :   14th October, 2010

  • Case C.R.No. (*** Ludhiana)  :   *****6677 

  • D.O.A (at Dr.Bindra’s Clinic) :   18th October, 2010

  • Case C.R.No. (at Dr.Bindra’s Clinic)  :   1796-DB-04573/2010

  

CHIEF COMPLAINTS at Time of Admission to *** (14.10.2010)

  • High grade Fever             x since last 4 days

  • Chills with Body pains      x since last 4 days

  • Pain in/over eyes             x since last 3 days

  • Nausea                            x since last 3 days

  • Rashes over Skin            x since last 3 days

  • Loss of apetite                 x since last 3 days

 

H/O CHIEF COMPLAINTS

Patient was brought to *** Ludhiana at 11.30 pm (14.10.2010) with complaint of High grade fever and chills with severe body pains for last 3-4 days. As symptoms like High grade fever, chills, body pains, pain over eyelids and rashes over skin with Nausea pointed out the case to Dengue Fever, patient was advised admission in Emergency for next 24 hours observation and few lab investigations.

 

DRUG HISTORY

 

Since 1st Day Of Fever to 14.10.2010

  • Patient was given Paracetamol for Fever, Emset for Nausea, Ibuprofen for pains and fever as well along with few Home remedies for Fever or suspected Dengue Fever.

 

*** Ludhiana (14.10.2010 onwards) 

  • IV Fluid Transfusion

  • Analgesics and Antipyretics

 

Laboratory Investigations (*** Ludhiana)

 

14.10.2010

  • Dengue Serology IgM Test : POSITIVE

  • Platelet Count                     : 1,23,000 /cmm

  • HgB                                     : 11.2 gm%

  • Renal Function Test            : Normal Limits

  • Liver Function Test             : Normal Limits

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BEGINNING OF EMERGENCY CRISIS

 

17.10.2010

 

Chief Complaints:

  • Decreased Urine Output (200 ml/24 hr)

  • Pain in Lower Back and Loins

  • Weakness and Lethargy

  • Laziness

  • Nausea and Vomiting

 

Advised CBC, RFT and ordered to shift to Nephrology Ward.

 

18.10.2010

  • Platelet Count                     : 11000 /cmm (Eleven thousand)

  • HgB                                     : 8.5 gm%

  • Blood Urea                          : 124 mg/dl

  • Serum Creatinine                : 6.9 mg/dl

 

Patient was shifted to Nephrology ward after diagnosis of Acute Kidney Injury (Acute Renal Failure) and was planned to give Diuretics as Urine output was falling drastically.

 

18.10.2010

 

Chief Complaints:

  • Hemorrhages from IV sites

  • Hemorrhages from Oral Aphthous ulcers

  • URINE OUTPUT NIL (ANURIA)

  • Confusion of Mind and Semi-conscious state.

 

Patient was ordered immediately shifting to ICU 2 and advised SDP (Single Donor Platelets) Transfusions and Dialysis was planned after Transfusion of SDP’s.

 

HOMOEOPATHIC INTEREVENTION

 

18.10.2010 (7 pm)

 

Patient’s father called us up and asked to help in this crucial stage as patient’s condition was worsening by each hour and they were not in favor to carry out Dialysis on their Son. I visited Nephrology ward and studied records of the patient and talked to the Assistant Professor of Nephrology Department about their view of prognosis in the case and his words were slightly bitter but clear that patient is very sick (almost at the verge of death) and now only God can save him but still we will try our best.

 

As case had worsened to very advance critical stage, I requested father of the patient to let them (*** Doctors) transfuse SDP’s and carry out dialysis because we cannot do anything in few hours or overnight. I assured him of our best efforts to save his son, rest pray to the Nature.

 

Chief Complaints/Signs and Observations: (after my visit)

  • Hemorrhages from IV sites and Oral Aphthous ulcers

  • URINE OUTPUT NIL (ANURIA)

  • Confused state of Mind and Semi-conscious state.

  • Sleepiness and Stupor.

  • Frightful in Sleep (weeping and screaming 1+)

 

 PHYSICAL EXAMINATION

  • Pulse    : 78/m

  • B.P       : 110/70 mmHg

  • Temp.   : 101`F

  • R/R       : 26/m

  • CVS Exam : S1 S2 Normal, No added sounds.

  • Lower Extremities pitting oedema++.

  • P/A NAD. 

  • Chest B/L crepts ++

  • Impaired Intellect and Behavior, Confused state of mind (Pre Comatose?)

  

PRESCRIPTION

 

           OPIUM CM - 1 Dose STAT (18.10.2010 10.30 PM)

 

 

 

19.10.2010 (8.30 pm) – [PATIENT WAS SHIFTED TO ICU 2]

 

DIALYSIS 1 – Performed 2:30 am 19.10.2010 (4 hours)

TRANSFUSION - 3 SDP’s in last 24 hours

 

After almost 20 hours of OPIUM CM dose, patient was re-examined and case was evaluated again.

 

Although patient was out of the state of pre-comatose but condition was worsening due to hemorrhages from nose, IV sites and oral apthous ulcers. Blood Pressure was falling due to hemodynamic instability and Urine output was almost NIL.

 

Chief Complaints/Signs and Observations: (after my visit)

  • OUT OF PRE-COMATOSE, Much active and conscious as compared to last day.

  • Hemorrhages from IV sites, Nose and Oral Aphthous ulcers

  • URINE OUTPUT NIL (ANURIA)

  • Confused state of Mind and Semi-conscious state.

  • Pain in Loins and back.

  • Nausea and Vomiting.

 

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION

  • Pulse    : 80/m

  • B.P       : 100/64 mmHg

  • Temp.   : 104`F

  • R/R       : 24/m

  • CVS Exam : S1 S2 Normal, No added sounds.

  • Lower Extremities pitting oedema+++.

  • P/A NAD.

  • Chest B/L crepts ++

  

LAB INVESTIGATIONS

  • Blood Urea (after dialyisis)  : 92mg/dl

  • S.Creatinine (after dialysis) : 5.2 mg/dl

  • Platelet Count                      : 27,000/cmm (AFTER 3 SDP’s)

 

PRESCRIPTION:

           PHOSPHORUS 0/1 Oral - Hourly (19.10.2010 - 9.30 PM)

 

After written consent by Patient’s Father, Attending Homoeopath (me), details of the Homoeopathic Medicine prescribed, finally Head of Department of Nephrology of CMC allowed Patient’s Father to visit ICU at night every hour to administer Homeopathic Medicine without any interference of the ICU staff.

 

 

21.10.2010 (8.30 pm)

 

DIALYSIS 3 – Performed 10.30 am 21.10.2010 (4 hours)

 

TRANSFUSION - 2 SDP’s in last 24 hours

 

After almost 50+ hours of repeated administration of PHOSPHORUS 0/1 orally, now the Hemorrhages from IV sites, Oral Ulcers and Nose were under 30-40% control and this was enough for us to continue with Phosphorus as a ray of hope had finally knocked at our door.

 

This % was calculated by ICU RMO as they were changing the Gauge Bandages every 30-45 minutes on last day but since last night onwards Gauge were being changed after almost 60-80 minutes and this was a big sigh of relief for them.

 

Chief Complaints/Signs and Observations: 

  • Hemorrhages from IV sites, Nose and Oral Aphthous ulcers Hemorrhages 30-40% under control.

  • URINE OUTPUT NIL (ANURIA)

  • Temperature coming down after 12 hours and now there were no chills and shivering now.

  • DIFFICULTY IN BREATHING  (Oxygen Mask Support Given)

 

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION

  • Pulse    : 82/m

  • B.P       : 110/70 mmHg

  • Temp.   : 102`F

  • R/R       : 20/m

  • CVS Exam : S1 S2 Normal, No added sounds.

  • Lower Extremities pitting oedema+++.

  • P/A NAD.

  • Chest B/L crepts +++

 

 LAB INVESTIGATIONS

  • Blood Urea (after dialyisis)  : 82mg/dl

  • S.Creatinine (after dialysis) : 4.4 mg/dl

  • Platelet Count                      : 32,000/cmm (AFTER 2 SDP’s)

 

PRESCRIPTION

          PHOSPHORUS 0/2 Oral - Hourly (21.10.2010 - 8.30 PM)

 

 

PATIENT WAS SHIFTED TO VENTILATOR SUPPORT LAST NIGHT DUE TO DIFFICULTY IN BREATHING.

 

VENTILATOR MODE – SIMV i.e. Synchronous Intermittent Mandatory Ventilation (NON-INVASIVE, FACIAL MASK)      

 

After telephonic reporting by patient’s father about Ventilator Support System, Medicine administration method was shifted to Applying on Clean Skin Surface on any part of body.

 

3.10.2010 (8.30 pm)

 

DIALYSIS 5 – Performed 11 am 23.10.2010 (6 hours)

TRANSFUSION - 1 SDP in last 24 hours

 

After repeated administration of PHOSPHORUS 0/2 – 2 hourly, now the Hemorrhages from IV sites, Oral Ulcers and Nose were almost under control.

 

Gauge changing frequency at Hemorrhages sites was almost reached to 6 hours or 3 times in last 24 hours.

 

Chief Complaints/Signs and Observations:

  • Hemorrhages from IV sites, Nose and Oral Aphthous ulcers Hemorrhages almost under control.

  • HEMATURIA

  • URINE OUTPUT 140 ml/24 hours (ANURIA)

 

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION

  • Pulse    : 76/m

  • B.P       : 110/68 mmHg

  • Temp.   : 100`F

  • R/R       : 18/m

  • CVS Exam : S1 S2 Normal, No added sounds.

  • Lower Extremities pitting oedema+++.

  • P/A Tenderness.

  • Chest B/L crepts +++

 

 LAB INVESTIGATIONS

  • Blood Urea (after dialyisis)  : 96mg/dl

  • S.Creatinine (after dialysis) : 4.9 mg/dl

  • Platelet Count                      : 73,000/cmm (1 SDP Transfuion)

Platelet Count raised from 46,000 to 73,000

 

Now Hemorrhages were almost under control but Platelet Count was a serious matter in front of us, so re-evaluated the case and finally decided to change the prescription this time.

 

PRESCRIPTION

          Crotalus horridus 30c in Liquid Dilution ON SKIN – 2 Hourly (23.10.2010 - 9.30 PM)

 

DIALYSIS 6 – Performed 6 am 24.10.2010 (6 hours)

TRANSFUSION - NO SDP in last 24 hours

 

After repeated administration of Crotalus horridus 30c Liquid dilution – 2 hourly on SKIN and without any Transfusion of SDP’s the Platelet count was higher than previous day report. Patient was transfused Packed Cells today as Hemoglobin count was 8.2 last day.

 

29.10.2010 to 2.11.2010

DIALYSIS 11 to 15 – Performed (4-6 hours)

TRANSFUSION - NO SDP     

VENTILATOR MODE – SIMV i.e. Synchronous Intermittent Mandatory Ventilation (NON-INVASIVE, FACIAL MASK)      

 

Chief Complaints/Signs and Observations:

  • Anuria + Hematuria

  • Mild ECG Changes but no significative.

  • Pleural Effusion

 

LAB INVESTIGATIONS

 

Platelet Count 1.11.2010  : 1,68,000/cmm (NO SDP TRANSFUSION)  

                          2.11.2010  : 1,72,000/cmm (NO SDP Transfuion)

 

Platelet Count raised from 1,27,000 to 1,72,000 without any transfusion in 5 days.

 

As Platelet Count was Stable now and Life was out of Danger, we considered to go  ahead with a prescription that could intervene with Ventilator Support and Pleural Effusion so that Ventilator could be weaned off.

 

PRESCRIPTION:

          Antimonium tartaricum 0/1 ON SKIN – 2 Hourly (29.10.2010 3.30 PM)

 

3.11.2010 to 5.11.2010

DIALYSIS 19 to 21 – Performed (4-6 hours)

VENTILATOR MODE – SIMV i.e. Synchronous Intermittent Mandatory Ventilation (NON-INVASIVE, FACIAL MASK)      

 

Chief Complaints/Signs and Observations:

  • Anuria + Hematuria

  • Pleural Effusion

  

LAB INVESTIGATIONS 

  • Renal Function Test 4.11.2010  : B.Urea : 108mg/dl

                                                     S.Creat: 2.2 mg/dl

 

As patient was on Antimonium tart 0/1 and X-Ray changes were quite significative and were giving a good response to our medicine, we continued with Antimonium tartaricum 0/1 and then raised to Antimonium tart 0/2 and 0/3 for next days.

 

PRESCRIPTION

          Antimonium tartaricum 0/2 ON SKIN – 3 Hourly (3/4.11.2010 8.30 PM)

          Antimonium tartaricum 0/3 ON SKIN – 4 Hourly (5.11.2010    3.30 PM)

 

 

6.11.2010 (MORNING 7 AM)

 

Received a call from Patient’s father that Doctors of ICU have planned to Wean Off the Ventilator by today evening after X Ray and check up by the Senior Consultants.

 

VENTILATOR WEANED OFF ON 6.11.2010 (5.30 pm) and patient was advised to take some Oral Liquid diet by next morning.

 

 

7.11.2010

 

DIALYSIS 22 – Performed (6 hours)

 

Chief Complaints/Signs and Observations:

 

- Anuria + Hematuria

- Cough with Expectoration

- Thirst for Cold Drinks

- Restlessness

- Pain in Lower Abdomen

 

LAB INVESTIGATIONS

 

Renal Function Test 7.11.2010  : B.Urea : 82mg/dl  S.Creat: 1.6 mg/dl

 

Now we have the patient completely in stable state and our concern was to track his kidney failure and need proper medicine for his renal inactivity. 

So finally after a long evaluation of 2 hours with reference to almost a library of books, we came to selection of Serum anguillae 6x as final resort.

  

PRESCRIPTION

          Serum anguillae 6x Liquid Dilution Orally – 3 hourly (7.11.2010- 11.30 PM) 

 

 

PATIENT SHIFTED TO NEPHROLOGY WARD

 

8.11.2010 to 23.11.2010

 

DIALYSIS 22 to 31  – Performed (4-6 hours)

NO DIALYSIS AFTER 16.11.2010

 

SERUM ANGUILLAE 6x continued for these 15 days with frequent repetition for first 5 days and then ending up with TDS dosage.

 

Chief Complaints/Signs and Observations: (between these days)

 

First 3 days (NO IMPROVEMENT)

- Anuria + Hematuria

- Cough with Expectoration

- Pain in Lower Abdomen

 

4th - 7th  day

- No Blood in URINE (NO HEMATURIA)

- URINE OUTPUT : 200-350 ml/24 hr

- Profuse Perspiration in AC’s

-  Pain in Loins (Rt>Lt)

 

7th - 15th  day (WORKING KIDNEYS)

- No Blood in URINE (NO HEMATURIA)

- URINE OUTPUT : 700-1500 ml/24 hr (Increased day by day)

- Excessive Appetite

- Very Dull Pain in Loins, Mild (Rt=Lt)

Chief Consultant Nephrologist (H.O.D.) told that the kidneys are now in very healthy working condition and the patient was advised a good diet and walk for 10-15 mins daily in hospital lobby.

 

LAB INVESTIGATIONS

Renal Function Test 24.11.2010: B.Urea : 32mg/dl

                                                     S.Creat: 0.5 mg/dl

 

 

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