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Dr. William Walsh
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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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What are sepsis and pneumonia symptoms?

What are sepsis and pneumonia symptoms?

Symptoms....: Sepsis usually results in fever, body aches, malaise, headache, etc. Which are very general symptoms. Pneumonia usually results in cough with discolored sputum, chest pain that increases with deep breath, shortness of breath, fever/chills, malaise, etc. Pneumonia can also cause sepsis if the bacteria in the lungs gets into the blood. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens with pneumonia and sepsis?

Sepsis: People become very ill and must be hospitalized. They require antibiotics or anti fungal medications and various other types of life saving interventions -medications and procedures all of which are designed to get them well or sustain them while medications attempt to get them well. ...Read more

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What are the chances of survival of someone with pneumonia and sepsis?

What are the chances of survival of someone with pneumonia and sepsis?

Depends: There are many factors that survival depends on. These include other medical conditions, rapidity to treatment, the specific pathogen causing the sepsis, ability to use certain medications (e.g. Allergy restrictions), social history (smoking, drugs), etc. ...Read more

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Why do I keep getting pneumonia? This is the fifth time in a year. Last one led to severe sepsis.

Why do I keep getting pneumonia? This is the fifth time in a year. Last one led to severe sepsis.

See a doctor: Without knowing more of your medical history, I am unable to say why you have had repeated episodes of pneumonia, but it is certainly a concern. Some illnesses and medications, as well as smoking might affect your body's ability to fight infection. Please discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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(1) Can pneumonia cause sepsis? (2) If so then is this unusual and why? (3) Can sepsis cause pneumonia?

1) Pneumonia can: Cause sepsis, and it is not that unusual or infrequent. 2) Pneumonia is caused by bacteria that invades the lung parenchyma (tissue cells) from the bronchioles which interface with the outside air. When the body's immune system struggles to cope with such overwhelming infection, bacteria can be seeded into the bloodstream and cause sepsis. 3) The reverse is also certainly possible as well. ...Read more

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How likely is it that an elderly person will survive pneumonia with sepsis?

Depends: This depends on many factors - what bug, how strong is the person's immune system, how quicky treatment was started, how many organs are involved, etc. Sometimes even severe cases of sepsis can be treated successfully with complete recovery. Other times we are not as lucky. ...Read more

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How long will it take for me to recover after sepsis, pneumonia and appendicitis?

How long will it take for me to recover after sepsis, pneumonia and appendicitis?

Probably months: Those are serious conditions and it would probably take several months to recover fully. At your young age of 20 recovery would be faster than in someone older. You will have to be patient with yourself and follow your doctors' recommendations. Recovery also depends upon your underlying medical condition. If you were healthy before developing these infections then recovery could be quicker. ...Read more

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If someone is on life support with pneumonia and sepsis, is there chance of recovery?

Yes: Yes there is certainly a chance for recovery. In fact most patients with sepsis recover. The real chance of recovery depends on all kinds of details, including any underlying medical problems, kinds of organ failure, etc and should be discussed with the doctors involved in the care of the patient. ...Read more

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If someone is on life support with pneumonia and sepsis, is there a chance they may recover?

If someone is on life support with pneumonia and sepsis, is there a chance they may recover?

Yes....: With the proper treatment and supportive care, there is a chance of survival. However, age as well as other medical problems affecting major organ systems will have an impact on survival. In general, the older the patient and the more major organ systems involved in the person's illness, the higher the morbidity and mortality rate. ...Read more

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I read some articles on some people who form pneumonia in one night which leads to sepsis and amputation. How to know when a cold is at this step?

I read some articles on some people who form pneumonia in one night which leads to sepsis and amputation. How to know when a cold is at this step?

You feel AWFUL: Yes people can get pneumonia "overnight". The article you read describes extreme conditions and not every "cold" becomes pneumonia. If you have a cold that is getting worse then be seen. ...Read more

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My spleen was removed, am I more likely to get sepsis if I catch streptococcus pneumonia?

My spleen was removed, am I more likely to get sepsis if I catch streptococcus pneumonia?

Yes: The spleen has a special role in protecting the body from pneumococcal infection, particularly in younger patients. These patients may take daily antibiotics to [prevent this problem. Check with your doctor for the right therapy. ...Read more

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Is the antibiotic that is generally considered to be the best medication for treating hypostatic pneumonia also the best medication for treating sepsis?

Depends: Totally depends upon findings on cultures. Sepsis is a very serious condition and if you had it, you would know it and most likely be in the hospital. ...Read more

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Had pneumonia 3 weeks ago. 10 day levaquin (levofloxacin). Pneumonia resolved on xray. Can I get sepsis now?

Not from prior illns: People can get sepsis from a variety of germs, some more aggressive and rapid in their effect than others. The resolution of your prior pneumonia under treatment has reset your start point. Once that germ was eliminated, it is not hanging around anymore to cause sepsis. You might become sick from a new agent. ...Read more

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Been in hospital for a week with pneumonia and sepsis. Still very weak and ill, when should I return to work?

Been in hospital for a week with pneumonia and sepsis. Still very weak and ill, when should I return to work?

Pneumonia: I know this won't be the answer you want, but I don't know nearly enough to be able to tell you when you can return to work. It's best you ask the doctor who took care of you in the hospital. ...Read more

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I was in the hospital for 8 days with strep, which turned to toxic shock and influenza, sepsis, 2 types of pneumonia. 1month, still coughing. How long??

I was in the hospital for 8 days with strep, which turned to toxic shock and influenza, sepsis, 2 types of pneumonia. 1month, still coughing. How long??

Weeks: Provided you are not having fevers chills night sweats you are in the healing phase. The illness you had was severe not routine pneumonia by any standard. After pneumonia its not uncommon to have shortness of breathe and a cough for several weeks after. Some extend beyond a month ...Read more

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Why do I almost never get a raised temperature? Not even with Crohn's, endocarditis, pneumonia, swine flu, central line sepsis. Is this common?

Why do I almost never get a raised temperature? Not even with Crohn's, endocarditis, pneumonia, swine flu, central line sepsis. Is this common?

Uncommon: Some individuals have a low basal body temperature, some may be hypothyroid, some may have a defect in the body's "thermostat" in the hypothalamus. But not becoming febrile with the conditions you mention is quite rare. ...Read more

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Have shingles lt side scalp 2 days ago, Viprex 1000mg tid 7 days. In ICU April 14 x8 day bacterial pneumonia and sepsis. Should I take ABX for PPX?

Have shingles lt side scalp 2 days ago, Viprex 1000mg tid 7 days. In ICU April 14 x8 day bacterial pneumonia and sepsis. Should I take ABX for PPX?

Ask your doctor: Most people with normal immune systems and general good health do not benefit from prophylactic antibiotics. Particular medical advice is best given by a physician who knows the crucial details of your individual case. ...Read more

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Sir my 8 month old child have complications since birth first he survived from sepsis, pneumonia and he is under treatment from neuro physician.

Sir my 8 month old child have complications since birth first he survived from sepsis, pneumonia and he is under treatment from neuro physician.

God Bless her/him: I am glad she/he over came 2 major infection. Also happy that he /she is able to get proper Medical care.
Please continue to follow your doctor's advise. Wish him/her the best. You continue to have faith. ...Read more

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My mother is in the icu with pneumonia and sepsis, and now they are starting dialysis. Does that mean she will need a kidney transplant?

Probably not: Most patients who develop acute renal failure from septic shock will regain kidney function if they survive. My concern is that your mother may be developing multisystem organ failure which is a more pressing acute concern. ...Read more

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69 Y.O. male, rotater cuff surgery 8/14.Had sepsis, pneumonia, abscessed tooth after. He's planning on torn meniscus surgery 9/11. Wise choice?

No for two reasons!: You may need crutches after meniscal surgery for several days, and probably should not use them given your recent rotator cuff surgery less than a month prior. The additional risk of elective surgery given recent acute sepsis and infection is also avoidable and can be decreased toward normal risk by merely waiting several weeks perhaps ...Read more

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Can the use of haloperidol (for delirium) or hydromorphone (for pain) mask an elderly pt's ability to respond to antibiotic treatment for suspected sepsis and probable pneumonia?

Can the use of haloperidol (for delirium) or hydromorphone (for pain) mask an elderly pt's ability to respond to antibiotic treatment for suspected sepsis and probable pneumonia?

No: Those medications could mask symptoms, but should have no effect at all on the antibiotics, or their ability to respond to them. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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79 female. Right lung lost 2 lobes to pneumonia 1971 - heart attack Feb 2010- pneumonia/sepsis spring 2017 - pneumonia Oct 2017 wbc 22 How do I fix it?

79 female. Right lung lost 2 lobes to pneumonia 1971 - heart attack Feb 2010- pneumonia/sepsis spring 2017 - pneumonia Oct 2017 wbc 22 How do I fix it?

Wish we could help: But this complicated history really is beyond the scope of a telemedicine service. You need an internal medicine specialist to do a thorough evaluation and lab testing to try to find out why you are having so many difficulties. Best of luck to you dear. ...Read more

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I had my son at age 39 and developed post partum cardiomyopathy, bilat pneumonia and congestive heart failure and sepsis, ef 15 in ER 4 days after my son was born. Could retained placenta have caused all this? Baby 6 weeks early but perfect. I was pla

I had my son at age 39 and developed post partum cardiomyopathy, bilat pneumonia and congestive heart failure and sepsis, ef 15 in ER 4 days after my son was born. Could retained placenta have caused all this? Baby 6 weeks early but perfect. I was pla

PPCM: Postpartum cardiomyopathy (ppcm) is heart failure secondary to left ventricular systolic dysfunction toward the end of pregnancy or in the months after delivery, in the absence of any other cause of heart failure. Ppcm is a diagnosis of exclusion. Retained placenta is not a cause. ...Read more

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Could you die from septic shock from pneumonia if you were put under?

Could you die from septic shock from pneumonia if you were put under?

Not sure: Do you mean undergoing general anesthesia? This is safe and pneumonia from anesthesia rarely happens unless it's an emergency surgery where there isn't time to empty the stomach completely. Pneumonia can cause septic shock and fatalities regardless of the cause. ...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


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Infection In The Blood (Definition)

Septicemia / sepsis occurs when a serious infection has spread through the blood. It can cause organs to stop functioning and in some cases ...Read more