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cause of death: Ulceration of Bowels and Exhaustion

cause of death: Ulceration of Bowels and Exhaustion

Posted: 11 Nov 2012 12:05PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 13 Nov 2012 2:51PM GMT
My 2x great grandfather's cause of death is recorded as Ulceration of Bowels and Exhaustion.
I've tried looking for a definite definition but this description could cover a multitude of diseases.
I'm leaning towards a ruptured ulcer as also mentioned is exhaustion. Any suggestion?
Also interestingly is that 2 of his daughters also died of stomach cancer as did one of his grandson's, is there a link between their cause of death and their fathers?
Just curious to see what people think.

Re: cause of death: Ulceration of Bowels and Exhaustion

Posted: 30 Nov 2012 5:22PM GMT
Classification: Query
Ulcerative colitis?

Due to a heavy loss of blood, or blood loss over a prolonged period of time?

Yes I would have thought there is a strong possibility of inherited diseases here.

Regards

Janice

Re: cause of death: Ulceration of Bowels and Exhaustion

Posted: 6 Dec 2012 9:45AM GMT
Classification: Query
There are at least two categories of relaionship - inherited and familial. e.g. Huntington'disease (previously known as Huntington's Chorea) is proven to be hereditary. Cancer is not hereditary but is know to "run in families" which is why doctors always ask for family histories. However it is just suspected that if one has relatives who have had cancer, wherever, the risk is higher. Glaucoma is another disease which is familial but no hereditary link has been proven. As far as diagnosis for your 2x gt.grandfather is concerned, medical knowledge was so primitive at that time there is absolutely no way you could say it was definitely such-and-such. These are really only symptoms and, as you say, could have had a dozen causes.
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