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what organ systems are more likely to get sepsis?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
Varies: Sepsis is not itself an infection - but the bodies response to a severe infection +/- any toxins produced by that infection. The organs most likely to be affected vary by the type of infection and patient characteristics. Typically the cardiovascular system will be stressed and (depending on if it begins to fail or not) other organs are affected downstream from this. Pulmonary, renal, skin, ..
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
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and hepatic involvement is not unusual, although less common than a slight decrease in blood pressure due to vasodilitation and capillary leak.
Dec 29, 2011
Dr. Seth Akst
Dr. Seth Akst answered
Anesthesiology 21 years experience
Depends: Sepsis is your body's generalized inflammatory response to an infection somewhere. What organ systems are affected depend a bit on your medical conditions and depend a lot on where the infection starts. For instance, pneumonia that leads to sepsis will definitely affect your lungs first. In general, the organ systems most commonly affected by sepsis are your kidneys, your lungs, and your heart.

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What is sepsis?

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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 untreated, sepsis can be fatal. Treatment with intravenous fluids and antibiotics, and close monitoring in the hospital can prevent serious complications.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How common is sepsis?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
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 hospitals.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is sepsis fatal?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
Can be: However, sepsis is usually not fatal; depending on the patient, the source and cause of infection, its susceptibility to treatment, closeness of the patient to adequate care and time to antibiotic therapies the survival of the patient varies. There are survival calculators (as morbid as that is). Here is a link to a french page that i use: http://www.Sfar.Org/article/315/scores.
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
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The APACHE II, and SAPS II, and SOFA scores are quite useful.
Dec 27, 2011
CA
A 16-year-old member asked:

Can sepsis kill you?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Yes: As a general rule of thumb your risk of dying from sepsis is about 20% per each organ system affected. For instance if you have cardiac dysfunction and liver dysfunction from sepsis your risk of dying could be as high as 40%. Each year severe sepsis strikes about 750, 000 americans. It’s been estimated that between 25and 50 percent of these people die!
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A 23-year-old male asked:

What causes sepsis?

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Dr. James Goodpaster
Dentistry 29 years experience
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 body. It is serious & life-threatening & requires high doses of IV antibiotics in most cases. Usually it occurs when people do not seek treatment for infections like a tooth abscess that could be resolved with oral antibiotics.

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