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What are the consequences of having maternal septic shock?

What are the consequences of having maternal septic shock?

Septic shock: Septic shock is caused by a serious bacterial infection usually found in the uterus. It is associated with vascular collapse, kidney damage, breathing difficulties, coma, and death. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...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 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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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?

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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What could get in your blood stream and cause septic shock?

Sepsis: Any bacteria/mold/ fungus/ parasite. The blood is sterile and compromise of its sterility is a risk factor for developing septic shock. ...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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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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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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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 the difference between toxic shock syndrome and septic shock?

They're related.: Toxic shock syndrome is a specific cause of septic shock. Tss is caused by staph and sometimes strep bacteria which produce a toxin that can injure many organs. Septic shock is when an infection overwhelms the immune system and causes exaggerated inflammation usually due to bacterial infection, but sometimes viruses or fungal infections as well. If not corrected it has a high fatality rate. ...Read more

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Can you explain the physiological changes in hypovolemic, cardiogenic and septic shock?

Can you explain the physiological changes in hypovolemic, cardiogenic and septic shock?

VOLUME, PRESSORS, ABS: All cause low bp. Cardiogenic from the heart pump not working ie the muscle is deteriorating. Hypovolemic is caused by loss of fluids or poor PO intake and is associated with infection sometimes. Septic shock is low BP from severe infection especially in the blood stream. Sepsis and hypovolemia need lots of fluids, possibly pressors to support bp. Cardiac may need Dobutamine and assist devices. ...Read more

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Does dying from septic shock & kidney failure hurt?

Who knows?: Clinical experience shows all dying persons will, as expected, struggle to cope with reality, certainty, & uncertainty for survival & continuation at the early stage of dying, gradually become less energy & ability to fight on, then lapse into coma, and finally step into eternity. What is the pace of dying? It heavily depends upon the availability of supportive care & widely vary from days to... ...Read more

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If someone develops septic shock after a liver abscess ruptures, is it possible to survive?

If someone develops septic shock after a liver abscess ruptures, is it possible to survive?

Yes: Even severe sepsis is survivable. Many factors influence recovery including: 1) other medical conditions, 2) evidence of secondary organ dysfunction (ie associated kidney injury), 3) patient age, and 4) the ability to successfully control the source. ...Read more

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What will your CBC show if you are in sepsis or septic shock?

What will your CBC show if you are in sepsis or septic shock?

Low or high count: The white count can be high (most common), normal, or low (worst prognosis). It is one of the criteria used to define the syndrome (low or high white count), so it is routinely checked in the severely ill. ...Read more

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What does your CBC look like when you are in sepsis or septic shock?

Varies: White cell count could be low, high or normal. Hemoglobin is likely to be low or dropping. Immature and damaged cells are noted. There is something called a left shift, a change in the relative proportions of different white cells. Bandemia may be noted. Platelets high, normal, or low. ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
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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


Pregnancy Complications (Definition)

There are a host of potential complications in a pregnancy that range from bleeding to early labor and from medical issues like diabetes and high blood pressure to findings on ultrasound or blood tests that ...Read more