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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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Could I have an intestinal obstruction from severe constipation? If so, how would I know?? Is there a risk of perforation and sepsis?

Could I have an intestinal obstruction from severe constipation? If so, how would I know?? Is there a risk of perforation and sepsis?

Possible: Severe constipation can result in intestinal obstruction. If you have not had a bowel movement in a week, you are at risk for bowel obstruction. To prevent constipation, increase you intake of fiber foods, or take a fiber laxative like Metamucil. Plus drink enough water daily so that your urine is most colorless. Exercise also helps in moving the bowels. Consult this site for fiber foods. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948 ...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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My dad died of bowel injury sepsis septic shock. doc hid all and said dad had heart attack natural causes, pathologist in on it... public inquiry and

My dad died of bowel injury sepsis septic shock. doc hid all and said dad had heart attack natural causes, pathologist in on it... public inquiry and

This is a serious: allegation. I recommend that you report your concerns to your local medical society and/or the medical licensing board. They can initiate an independent investigation of your father's medical records and of his doctor's conduct and abilities. While sadly this won't bring your father back, it may prevent harm to someone else in the future. Dr. Anne ...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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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 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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Why do some people develop sepsis from urinary infections, and others don't?

Why do some people develop sepsis from urinary infections, and others don't?

Multiple factors.: The innate immune system, virulence of the organism, presence of renal stones or abnormal anatomy can all play a part in whether sepsis occurs. Even a persons diet prior to getting sick can make a difference. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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". ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Septic Shock (Definition)

Septic shock. Sepsis occurs when an infections enters & is spread through the bloodstream, potentially causing a marked drop in blood pressure with potential for stroke, heart or ...Read more


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Sepsis (Definition)

The body's abnormal response to severe infection. Sepsis symptoms include fever, rapid heart rate and rapid breathing, and bloodwork will reveal elevation of ...Read more