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What are various causes of septic shock?

What are various causes of septic shock?

Septic shock: Septic shock is a form of shock caused by an infectious organism. Typically, this is a bacteria (and there are a variety of these), and a person's susceptibility to these may be influenced by co-morbid medical problems like diabetes. Fungal organisms also cause sepsis, and viruses produce a sepsis syndrome as well. There are other causes of shock that mimic sepsis. ...Read more

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Shock (Definition)

Shock is a condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (carrying oxygen & nutrients) to the vital organs in the body. If shock persists, various parts of the body will stop working, and the person will die. Causes of shock include injuries, excessive bleeding, heart failure, infections, chemical imbalances, ...Read more


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What types of antibiotics can cause septic shock?

What types of antibiotics can cause septic shock?

Did you mean bugs?: Antibiotics don't cause septic shock, bacteria do. All kinds of bacteria can do this but most commonly gram-negatives from the urinary or gastrointestinal tract, gram-positives from skin etc infections and the various that cause pneumonia. Antibiotics are used to treat septic shock, together with all other supportive care. ...Read more

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Can the bacteria which cause septic shock live outside the body? Or can the septic shock be a result of deliberate poisoning?

Yes and yes but...: Septic shock is the body's response to severe infection. It can be caused my many different types of bacteria and infections such as pneumonia, kidney infections, or abdominal infections. While septic shock could be induced deliberately, it would not be easy to do especially in an otherwise healthy person. ...Read more

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Can a heavy growth of escherichia coli get in your blood stream and cause septic shock?

Absolutely: E. Coli is notorious for causing infections, specially in the urinary tract. If untreated, the bacteria can go to the blood stream and cause septic shock. Depending on the virulence of the bacteria, it can cause severe problems that can lead to death. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the causes and how might septic shock be prevented?

I was wondering what are the causes and how might septic shock be prevented?

Treat infection: Sepsis is when the infection or its effect involves the whole body. Sepsis is prevented by preventing infection or treating infection. When the inflammatory process is overwhelming it depresses the function of the heart, there is vasodilation causing the shock. Fluids, treat infection, vasoconstrictors and meds to improve heart functions can be given. ...Read more

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Can septic shock cause compartment syndrome?

Can septic shock cause compartment syndrome?

Intraabdominal: There is a very rare problem where patients develop intra abdominal compartment syndrome but usually it relates to a severe trauma. ...Read more

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A female mid 50's has been in a coma for 6 years now. Septic shock was the cause of the coma. Are there successful new treatments for this?

A female mid 50's has been in a coma for 6 years now. Septic shock was the cause of the coma. Are there successful new treatments for this?

Probably not: If she has been in a coma for the last six years due to septic shock, unfortunately, it is unlikely that she will recover. As far as i know, there are no new treatments for prolonged comas such as this. ...Read more

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Can septic shock in a child cause a subdural hematoma?

Can septic shock in a child cause a subdural hematoma?

Sort of..: Septic shock can have as a complication, difficulty clotting, a tendency to bleed. Thus if there is head trauma, bleeding is definitely at higher risk. Such as a subdural hematoma. ...Read more

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Can septic shock cause long term heart problems and low blood pressure ?

Can septic shock cause long term heart problems and low blood pressure ?

No: Typically if a patient survives this life threatening severe infection once the severe infection resolves blood pressure returns to normal and the heart function should return to normal as well. ...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


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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