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Can sepsis be caused by pneumonia?

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Dr. Jeffrey Ramkaransingh answered

Specializes in Interventional Radiology

Yes: Any bacterial infection can cause sepsis.

Answered 8/31/2017

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Dr. Ayyaz Shah answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Sepsis: If an infection is severe enough and gets in the blood stream, it is known as septicemia which may then cause sepsis which is a potentially life threatening illness. So if a pneumonia worsens without adequate treatment, it can cause sepsis.

Answered 5/30/2017

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Dr. Baljinder Sidhu answered

Specializes in Pulmonary Critical Care

Yes, any infection: Any infection can cause sepsis. Pneumonia may be one of the more common sites. Sepsis is your bodies response to an infection that is usually severe. Your body is in an all out war, and you may be the collateral damage! We have learned a lot about sepsis in recent years and is now a very treatable condition but usually requires hospitalization.

Answered 5/30/2017

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