An autopsy determined that the years-ago operation Lisa Marie Presley had was the direct cause of her death. The only child of Elvis Presley, she suffered from a complication of bariatric surgery known as small intestinal obstruction.
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The autopsy report for Lisa Marie Presley, who passed away on January 12, 2023, at the age of 54, was released six months later. Her abrupt death was later determined to be the result of cardiac arrest, as reported at the time. After being discovered unresponsive in her Calabasas, California, home, paramedics rushed her to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Lisa Marie Presley Cause of Death
Aftereffects of a small intestinal obstruction, which occurs when a portion of the small intestine is obstructed, contributed to Lisa Marie Presley’s death, as stated in an autopsy report released by the Los Angeles Medical Examiner on July 13.
According to the findings, she had blockage due to adhesions (bands of scar tissue) that formed after her initial bariatric surgery. Furthermore, “the issue is a known long-term complication of” bariatric surgery, the article stated.
According to the Mayo Clinic, if small intestinal obstruction is left untreated, it can lead to consequences such as peritonitis (an infection of the lining of the abdominal cavity) or tissue death (because the blockage might cut off blood supply to section of the intestine, leading to a rupture or infection).
The analysis revealed that oxycodone and other prescriptions were found in Presley’s blood, but only at “therapeutic” levels, suggesting they did not play a significant role in her death.
According to the autopsy report, Presley complained of abdominal pain the morning of the day she passed away. The coroner said she had complained of this ailment, along with fever, nausea, and vomiting, for months before her death.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, the autopsy report also stated that Presley’s care staff at the hospital had discovered that her belly was severely distended, or expanded outward. In addition, she was found to have metabolic acidosis, a disorder characterized by an accumulation of acids in the body’s fluids, at a severe level (Cleveland Clinic). If your kidneys aren’t filtering out enough of the acid in your blood, or if your body is creating too much acid, you’ll experience this condition.
What is Small Bowel Obstruction?
When the small intestine becomes blocked, the condition is known as small bowel obstruction. When the small intestine is working properly, food waste moves on to the big intestine. The small intestine can become blocked, either partially or entirely.
This leads to a buildup of sludge and gases in the region above the obstruction. It may also prevent the body from properly absorbing food and water.
Small Bowel Obstruction Symptoms and Causes
What Causes Small Bowel Obstruction?
Obstruction of the small intestine can affect persons of any age. The following are examples of prevalent causes and risk factors:
Adhesions: Scar tissue bands are a potential complication of any procedure involving the abdominal or pelvic regions. In the United States, small bowel blockage is most commonly caused by a history of previous abdominal surgery.
Hernias: The intestinal tract may perforate the abdominal wall at a weak point. This makes a protrusion through the abdominal wall where the bowel might become snagged or compressed, leading to an obstruction. In the United States, hernias account for a significant percentage of cases of small intestinal blockage.
Degenerative inflammation: Parts of the small intestine can be harmed by inflammatory bowel diseases including Crohn’s and diverticulitis. Narrowing of the gut (strictures) and aberrant tunnel-like apertures (fistulas) are two potential complications.
Tumors that are likely to spread cancer: Few cases of small intestinal blockage may be attributed to cancer. Most occurrences of cancer of the small intestine include metastasis from elsewhere, most commonly the colon, uterus, breasts, lungs, or skin.
Symptoms of Small Bowel Obstruction
The following are possible signs of a minor bowel obstruction:
- Stomach pains and discomfort
- A generalized sense of disease (malaise)
- Inability to eat
- Bad constipation. If there is a total blockage, the person will be unable to defecate or release gas.
Where is Lisa Marie Presley Buried?
Lisa Marie Presley will be laid to rest at the Graceland cemetery alongside her famous father. An official statement said, “Lisa Marie’s final resting place will be at Graceland, next to her beloved son Ben,” and was released by Riley Keough’s representative to People.
In 2020, at the age of 27, her son Benjamin Keough took his own life. Forty years after Elvis’ mother was laid to rest in the Graceland cemetery, he became the first person to be laid to rest there.
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