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Can sepsis affect my intestines?

Can sepsis affect my intestines?

Yes: It can cause the intestine to stop working. You can get a stomach ulcer. In extreme cases, blood flow to the intestine can be severely reduced. Fluid can build up in the abdomen. ...Read more

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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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What are the chances of recovering from sepsis after bowel perforation?

What are the chances of recovering from sepsis after bowel perforation?

Depends: There are several factors that can influence survival from sepsis due to bowel perforation. Age, other medical conditions, and timing of intervention/antiobiotics can all make a big difference. ...Read more

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After bowel perforation with entercocci in blood, how long before sepsis kills a person?

After bowel perforation with entercocci in blood, how long before sepsis kills a person?

Untreated, it's fast: As short as an hour if we don't get effective treatment. Treated, it's quite survivable most of the time. ...Read more

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A full CBC shows toxic granulation, also sepsis in bowel,yet subsequent bloods no toxic granulation,is that cos of bloods maybe not being full CBC ?

A full CBC shows toxic granulation,   also sepsis in bowel,yet subsequent bloods no toxic granulation,is that cos of bloods maybe not being full CBC ?

Not clear: A CBC does not show "sepsis in bowel". If you had sepsis when the toxic granulation was picked up, that's to be expected, and I'm pleased that you have recovered. Perhaps there is a misunderstanding. And from time to time, "toxic granulation" can be an over-read by the technician or pathologist. ...Read more

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Death from sepsis perforations bowel infected cavity anastomosis site, yet autopsy said bowel unremarkable,how ? There wud be evidence of sepsis, yes?

Death from sepsis perforations bowel infected cavity anastomosis site, yet autopsy said bowel unremarkable,how ?
There wud be evidence of sepsis, yes?

Autopsy report: If the patient had a perforated bowel, I would be extremely surprised if the pathology report from the autopsy said 'normal'. To me that doesn't make any sense. Definitely if someone had a perforated bowel, there's a high chance they met the criteria for sepsis. Probably severe sepsis or even septic shock. There are strict definitions for that. Any Infectious Disease doctor should be able to help. ...Read more

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What does global deterioration mean ???? my dad had perforation of bowel, then sepsis and subsequent heart failure,

What does global deterioration mean ????  
my dad had perforation of bowel, then sepsis and subsequent heart failure,

Multiple organs: It is not a conventional medical term, however, from what you described, it suggests that multiple organs are not functioning normally. It is not an uncommon complication of sepsis. ...Read more

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Ever since I was in the hospital with sepsis I have noticed I get sick more often. Is t his coincidental or related?

Ever since I was in the hospital with sepsis I have noticed I get sick more often. Is t his coincidental or related?

Unsure: You don't say how long ago your sepsis episode was, but sepsis is a serious assault to the system. It taxes your immune system. It can take a long time to rebound from that. It doesn't surprise me that you have increased vulnerability to colds, etc. Concentrate on maximizing your health with good nutrition, adequate sleep, and regular exercise. ...Read more

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I don't have a spleen, what are my chances for getting systemic sepsis?

Higher but still low: There is no published data on rates of sepsis or septic shock in patients with splenectomies (or who are congenitally apslenic, or functionally asplenic from other causes); your risk is higher due to susceptibility to encapsulated organisms. Hopefully, if it was a planned splenectomy you had a pneumonia vaccine prior to your surgery. The vaccine is less useful (or even useless) afterwards. ...Read more

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I had sepsis 2 years ago following surgery. I don't think organs were damaged. Does sepsis stay in your body forever? Should I be on gaurd?

See below: If no organs were damaged due to the sepsis, it should not leave a lasting problem. You should be on the watch for the circumstances that led to sepsis. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Can Lateral T wave inversion and LBBB be caused by Sepsis?

Coronary disease: In the right context, T wave inversions on EKG are caused by a mismatch in the supply and demand of oxygen to the heart, which is caused by underlying coronary heart disease, but can be worsened by sepsis. A Left bundle branch block can also be caused by coronary disease with injury to the left bundle due to lack of oxygen. This can happen after an acute heart attack (MI). Hope that helps! ...Read more

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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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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