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help with cause on death cert please

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Familyfinder Report 21 Feb 2013 22:01

I have a detah cert for an ancestor dated 22 dec 1897. The man died of malignant bowel disease - 3 years, 'Lycites' 2 months and exhaustion -poor man :( does anyone know what 'Lycites ' is? cannot find anything anywhere. My mum had a look too- and she writes and can read old writing-and she can't make it read as anything else either! . Any ideas welcome -thank you :-)


Stephanie Report 21 Feb 2013 22:07

you can email me and i can have a look at the writing if you wish

my email address is

stormgazer at btinternet dot com


KenSE Report 21 Feb 2013 22:36

Could Cystitis or Pyelitis be possibilities?

It may be an error in the document, wrongly written at the time of registration or miscopied when it was sent to the GRO.


Familyfinder Report 21 Feb 2013 22:42

KenSE - don't think so, but anything is possible in this game! will try being creative and se if the light dawns!
stormgazer-thanks -thats very kind of you, ,but don't have a working scanner at the mo- when I have if you don't mind I might well take u up on that!


MarieCeleste Report 21 Feb 2013 22:56

Stephanie, if anyone wants to contact you they can send the attachment on a message via GR. Only mentioning it as email addresses aren't allowed (even when disguised).


Familyfinder Report 21 Feb 2013 22:56

Thank you but have worked out it is Ascites - fluid collected in the peritenal cavity . The loopy 'e' of exhaustion loohed like a 'y' in Lycites - Thanks guys - mystery solved :-)


MarieCeleste Report 21 Feb 2013 23:00

Well, whatever it was, it sounds nasty!

Pleased you solved it.


Linda Report 21 Feb 2013 23:05

for future ref this site gives an explanation of Archaic Medical Terms makes for interesting reading.


Stephanie Report 21 Feb 2013 23:20

thanks marie celeste, didnt know that was possible but yes fairlyfatfairy you are more than welcome to send me a copy