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Doctor insights on: After Effects Of Sepsis

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Dr. Frank Mayo Dr. Mayo
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
44 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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I had a major blood infection last year (sepsis) no insurance so minimal health care. Is there any long term effects I should be concerned about?

I had a major blood infection last year (sepsis) no insurance so minimal health care. Is there any long term effects I should be concerned about?

Not usually: Your young age and whatever care you received helped you recover. Some people have transient kidney, liver and respiratory trouble but these issues would have occurred with the sepsis.

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Dr. William Walsh
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Dr. Donald Colantino Dr. Colantino
Internal Medicine
57 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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I believe that Abx are usually given quickly after there is a strong suspicion of sepsis. How quickly, in your opinion, should N/S drip be given? Why?

I believe that Abx are usually given quickly after there is a strong suspicion of sepsis. How quickly, in your opinion, should N/S drip be given? Why?

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. The rate of infusion of saline or 5%dextrose with normal or half normal saline depends upon blood pressure, cardiorenal status, ability of patient to take by mouth and degree of dehydration or fluid loss upon admission to the hospital.

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Dr. Andrew Malinchak Dr. Malinchak
Family Medicine
26 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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How is sepsis diagnosed?

How is sepsis diagnosed?

Sepsis: This is defined as fever (or hypothermia), rapid pulse (>90/min), rapid respirations (>20/min), and elevated or suppressed WBC counts. Any two of these criteria, if caused by infection, yields a diagnosis of "sepsis". This is very specific. If you have low blood pressure not responding to fluids then you have septic shock. If more than one organ system is failing =multiorgan failure.

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Dr. William Walsh Dr. Walsh
Addiction Medicine
13 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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What are sepsis sores like?

Varies: Depending on the type of infection causing the sepsis syndrome, the skin sores vary. Blisters, areas of skin death (necrosis), deep ulcers, raised/hard areas all occur.

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Dr. Robert Robinson Dr. Robinson
Internal Medicine
17 years in practice
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
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What are the tests for sepsis?

What are the tests for sepsis?

Clinical diagnosis: Sepsis is a clinical diagnosis - there is no lab test for sepsis. Lab tests are used to assist in the diagnosis of sepsis. Look at the SOFA score to see how clinical information is put together to determine if someone has sepsis https://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/SOFA_score The SOFA score uses vital signs, physical exam, and lab tests to help determine if someone has sepsis

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Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Would you know if you had sepsis?

Would you know if you had sepsis?

Sepsis: This is a well-defined clinical syndrome which is characterized by the body's response to infection and is diagnosed by physicians. You might feel ill, but not know that you meet the clinical criteria to be termed "septic".

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Dr. Carlo Hatem Dr. Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
21 years in practice
American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine
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What's sepsis and is there a cure?

Infection: Sepsis is a form of poisoning caused by an infection. The treatment is antibiotics, control of the infection, and supportive measures to keep other organs working while the body heals.

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Dr. Joseph Sucher Dr. Sucher
Surgery - Trauma
22 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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What are the complications of sepsis?

What are the complications of sepsis?

Severe Illness: Sepsis describes a reaction that the body has to an overwhelming infection. The infection can start anywhere. This occurs for a variety of reasons, but ultimately, the body's response is to release a storm of inflammatory substances that can cause all organ systems to malfunction. If not caught in time. This can lead to organ failure and death.

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Dr. Michael Taylor Dr. Taylor
Critical Care
18 years in practice
University of Louisville School of Medicine
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Is septicemia the same thing as sepsis?

Sort of: Sepsis is a term for any infection that causes a systemic inflammatory response. The most common causes of sepsis are pneumonia & urinary tract infections. When sepsis is associated with organ dysfunction, this is called severe sepsis. Septicemia is a term that some equate with sepsis; others consider septicemia equivalent to bacteremia (bacteria in the bloodstream).

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Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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What is sepsis and how can it be treated?

What is sepsis and how can it be treated?

Sepsis: This is a clinical response of the body to infection diagnosed by fever or hypothermia, pulse>90/min, respirations>20/min and high or low WBC with left shift. Any two of these constitutes sepsis if you find a source of infection responsible for the changes. Read about sirs (these changes occurring without infection).

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Dr. Edward Neilsen Dr. Neilsen
Family Medicine
15 years in practice
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
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Is it possible for sepsis to go undetected?

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, confusion, low blood pressure, etc.

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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa Dr. Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
18 years in practice
Rush Medical College
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What is the meaning of septicaemia or sepsis?

What is the meaning of septicaemia or sepsis?

Infection/reaction: Septicemia, or sepsis, is a total body reaction to infection. There are specific criteria - such as fever, high white cells (which are infection fighting cells), fast heart rate, and fast breathing - that, when coupled with infection, is called sepsis. Sometimes, the reaction can be so severe it can cause shock, a scarring reaction in the lungs or even liver and kidney damage.

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Dr. Justin Greiwe Dr. Greiwe
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
8 years in practice
University of Toledo College of Medicine
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I think I might have sepsis. What should I do?

Sepsis: If you are severely ill and have symptoms concerning for sepsis then you need to be seen by a physician immediately or go to a local emergency room.

Dr. Dennis Clifford Dr. Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
39 years in practice
University of Minnesota Medical School
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What happens physiologically when you die of sepsis?

What happens physiologically when you die of sepsis?

Organs fail: In sepsis toxic chemicals are circulating throughout the body and causing damage to the organs by depleting oxygen to the cells. If severe enough, the immune system cannot recover and repair the damage. With the heart unable to meet the metabolic demands circulatory collapse occurs and blood pressure cannot be maintained.

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Dr. Michael Taylor Dr. Taylor
Critical Care
18 years in practice
University of Louisville School of Medicine
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What are the survival chances of someone with sepsis?

About 70%: The chances of surviving sepsis (severe sepsis & septic shock) varies; overall, about 70% of patients will survive, and this number can improve with immediate recognition & treatment. The number of organ systems affected is a big factor--the more organ systems that are failing, chances for survival get worse. Http://www. Survivingsepsis. Org/pages/default. Aspx.

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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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What are the differences between sepsis and septicaemia?

What are the differences between sepsis and septicaemia?

Word games: Someone who is septic has experienced septicemia. The "emia" means it got there through the blood stream. It means germs or their toxic products have entered the blood and set off a series of reactions that are foreboding and likely to precede death if not reversed.

Dr. William Walsh Dr. Walsh
Addiction Medicine
13 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Is sepsis fatal?

Is sepsis fatal?

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.

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Dr. William Walsh Dr. Walsh
Addiction Medicine
13 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Can sepsis kill you?

Can sepsis kill you?

Yes: Sepsis, a type of systemic inflammatory response to infection and infection related toxins, can lead to kidney failure, respiratory failure, heart failure, liver failure, stroke, etc... All leading to death.

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Dr. William Walsh Dr. Walsh
Addiction Medicine
13 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Is sepsis contagious?

Not exactly: Sepsis is not a disease in and of itself - it is a syndrome (a constellation of symptoms) that result from the bodies attempt to fight off a severe infection +/- any direct toxins from the bacterium itself. The causes of sepsis can be contagious or not (for example, a urinary tract infection is not directly contagious, but pneumonia often is).

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Dr. William Walsh
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Dr. William Walsh
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