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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)

A condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (carrying oxygen and 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?

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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Is there any chances that septic shock caused by streptococcal infection can cause brain damage in a teenage boy?

Is there any chances that septic shock caused by streptococcal infection can cause brain damage in a teenage boy?

Depends: Septic shock will not usually cause permanent brain injury, but there are exceptions.One is if the infection directly involves the brain. So strep pneumoniae can cause an infection of the lining surrounding the brain ( menningitis) that can result in brain injury. Sometimes if the shock is severe enough with blood pressure very low for a long time, this can result in brain injury. This is unusual. ...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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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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What is septic shock?

What is septic shock?

Cytokines: Untreated bacterial infection can spread to the circulatory system and produce by products called cytokines which can result in circulatory collapse very low blood pressure and multiorgan dysfunction. ...Read more

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Could you survive septic shock?

Yes: Many do recover from septic shock when the infection is treated adequately and its bad effect resolves. Unfortunately too many succumb to the infections and its deleterious effects on the body called septic shock. ...Read more

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What can be done for septic shock?

What can be done for septic shock?

Many things: There has been a lot of research on this topic and most hospitals now have a sepsis protocol. Most importantly, appropriate antibiotics need to be given in a timely manner, usually in the er, and there is IV fluid resuscitation, pressors - drips to increase the blood pressure, and respiratory and other support when needed. There are guidelines on how to monitor the patients and manage all of this. ...Read more

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What are the tests for septic shock?

Septic shock: Septic shock is a clinical diagnosis. Recovery of an infectious organism, typically bacterial although other organisms are possible, helps to confirm the diagnosis although this takes time- sometimes days or longer. There are a number of tests that clinicians use to help initially make a diagnosis and to guide therapy, although the history and physical examination are of great importance. ...Read more

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Can someone survive septic shock and live?

Of course: The goal of treating septic shock is ultimately survival. The best medical centers achieve survival rates for septic shock > 90%. ...Read more

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How can pneumoniagive someone septic shock?

How can pneumoniagive someone septic shock?

Spread of infection: The bacteria that causes pneumonia spreads to the blood stream, it releases toxins that interfere with circulation, blood clotting and many organ functions. Treatment is antibiotics and support as required (ventilator, dialysis etc.) until the patient recovers. ...Read more

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How to tell if I am going into septic shock?

You're not: When you're going into septic shock, you're usually too sick to be asking about it on a website. ...Read more

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How likely is someone to go into septic shock?

Depends: On their age, sex, smoking status, whether or not they have diabetes, cancer, take immune suppressant drugs, their nutritional status, as well as the nature of any infecting agent, if they are wounded, if they have insurance or access to medical care... The so called average person will likely never go into septic shock, but ... There is no average person. ...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


Dr. William Walsh
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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