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My husband had emergency appendicitis surgery 12/27, discovered appendix previously burst and colon cancer ate up poison and part of appendix.  

Surgeon has 2 tubes in abdomen, with collapsed bulbs draining poison. Surgeon said wont be able to do surgery (removing 2-3 feet from middle of colon), unless all of the poison drained from abdomen.

He drains bulbs once daily, about 10 cc comes out of one, other about one teaspoon.  bulbs/tubes has rotten oder.

next surgeon appt 1/27.  needing him healthy and ready for surgery.

Is rotten oder in the tubes and bulbs normal?  (no oder at site where tubes connected in abdomen).

any special diet to help remove infection?  surgeon said no more high powered antibiotics, he will need them later after surgery. Right now, trying to get as much antioxidants and flavonoids in him as I can.  

Thank you...

Yes such a smell is normal in a situation like this. Apart from what you are already giving him I have no diet suggestions! I do agree with his surgeon. In fact he is given exactly the same treatment as my big sister received as a child in the 1930ies when her appendix burst due to appendicitis well before antibiotics were discovered. Good luck!

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Claes-Gustaf Nordquist, M.D.


I`m a doctor of medicine and a specialist in radiation therapy and medical oncology. I have long experience with regards to this cancer.


I'm a Doctor of Medicine and specialist in Medical Oncology and Radiation Therapy educated & trained in Sweden. Now retired. Background in Radiation Therapy, Medical Oncology, Radiation Protection, Nuclear Medicine, Diagnostic Radiology, Gynecological Oncology, Clinical Pathology, Clinical Cytology,Hematology and Internal Medicine. M.D. from the faculty of medicine, Royal Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. Have also been an exchange student at the Hebrew University, Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem Israel. Former medical consultant, Swedish National Board of Radiation Protection. Former Police Surgeon and Medical Examiner, Stockholm Police Department. Former Chief Medical Officer, The Royal Guards, The Royal Horse Guards and the Royal Household Brigade, Royal Swedish Army Medical Corps. You can also reach me on: I have no restrictions on the number of questions there.

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