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Dr. William Walsh
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Infection In The Blood (Definition)

Sepsis is a condition in which a person has a blood infection, usually caused by bacteria. The bacteria get into the bloodstream and are spread all over the body. The infection plus the immune system's response to it causes the symptoms of sepsis, which include fever, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, high white ...Read more


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Are there certain people that are more susceptible to sepsis?

Are there certain people that are more susceptible to sepsis?

Yes: We don't know all the factors that predispose people to sepsis syndrome or septic shock, but older (age >65), malnourished, immune compromised (but with some immune system in place) , diabetic patients, and possibly morbidly obese patients are more at risk. ...Read more

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Sepsis..If you get sepsis and you susceptible to getting it again?

Sepsis..If you get sepsis and you susceptible to getting it again?

Possible: If your body is immune compromised, you may be more susceptible to developing infections. If the sepsis was not treated fully, your body may go back into sepsis. ...Read more

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Are elderly more susceptible to sepsis?

More than whom?: Persons over 65 are more susceptible to infections and to sepsis than younger adults, but not necessarily than children. ...Read more

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Can sepsis effect the bone children and adults?

Can sepsis effect the bone children and adults?

Yes: I'm not sure if you are asking if the sepsis syndrome can damage bones (it can) or if people can get septic from osteomyleitis (bone infection), but the answer to both questions is yes. ...Read more

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Are normal healthy people susceptible to sepsis, or do you have to have cancer or something bad already?

Either: Most patients who get septic do have an underlying disorder that weakens them and predisposes to severe infection. This does not have to be the case however. Sometimes individuals can get an infection in the community that is very severe and causes sepsis. ( bad pneumonia for example). This is less common however. ...Read more

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Do immunizations help prevent sepsis in children?

Do immunizations help prevent sepsis in children?

Yes, and adults too: Vaccination decreases the spread of serious bacterial infections through the population. Since the main route of spread is through children in school/daycare, vaccinating these children reduces the risk of infection and sepsis in their parents and grandparents. ...Read more

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Are people with autoimmune diseases susceptible to sepsis?

Sometimes: There are a number of uncommon immune disorders characterized by both reduced resistance to bacterial infections including overwhelming infections like sepsis and symptoms of autoimmune disease. Anti-tnfa monoclonals used to treat autoimmune disorders may increase the risk of sepsis. Please discuss your particular problem with your primary care physician and your board-certified rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
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Sepsis (Definition)

Sepsis occurs as a result of body's abnormal response to severe infection. Manifestation of sepsis include fever, rapid heart rate and rapid breathing. Blood work will reveal elevation of ...Read more


Dr. William Walsh
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Septic Shock (Definition)

Septic shock is a condition of inflammation throughout the body caused by a severe infection that can lead to fever, low blood pressure, and the ...Read more