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Is it possible for sepsis to go undetected

A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Neilsen
18 years experience Family Medicine
Doubtful: Sepsis is a severe, life-threatening illness that almost universally ends a person up in the hospital. Typically they are very ill, with high fevers, ... Read More
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Not for long: Sepsis may be misidentified at first, but it quickly becomes apparent after the first couple hours. There are no silent septic episodes - they all cau ... Read More

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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Mandel
39 years experience General Practice
Caution advised: Because body temperature can be above 101 F (38.3 C) or below 96.8 F (36 C) in sepsis it may appear as if the symptoms are coming and going. However, ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Variable: There are many different ways in which this can progress. If it forms a periappendiceal abscess, this could actually drain externally through fistula ... Read More
A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Saline: In cases of severe sepsis iv fluids are needed and started asap along with iv antibiotics. The goal is to avoid dehydration, low bp and kidney failure ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Sepsis: There are now a set of 4 criteria that define sepsis. High or low WBC count, pulse of >90, respirations of 20 or greater and temperature elevation ... Read More
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Dr. Ruben Nazario
Specializes in Pediatrics
A severe infection: Sepsis is the term used by doctors to describe a severe, life-threatening bloodstream infection. Sepsis can cause your baby's organs to fail. If untre ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Malinchak
29 years experience Family Medicine
Pain with sepsis: No.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Goodpaster
28 years experience Dentistry
Severe Infection: Sepsis means that an infection that would normally be confined to one area of the body has entered the bloodstream meaning it can infect the whole bod ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Milstone
26 years experience Pulmonology
Common: Nearly three quarters of a million americans suffer sepsis each year; a high proportion die each year from sepsis. It is fairly common in most hospit ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Walsh
16 years experience Addiction Medicine
Yes: If you encounter a virulent enough pathogen and have an immune system, you can get septic.

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