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How common is lung failure with sepsis?

How common is lung failure with sepsis?

Common: Respiratory failure due to overwhelming sepsis can be from direct infection (pneumonia) or due to the consequences of the systemic inflammatory response (sirs) associated with sepsis. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Why in america are we losing people every 2.5 minutes to a bactrial infection called sepsis? My 25 years young niece in corpus christi tx has been in the hospital still in the icu going on one month already! lungs colasped, kindey failure, fast heatbeat

Why in america are we losing people every 2.5 minutes to a bactrial infection called sepsis? My 25 years young niece in corpus christi tx has been in the hospital still in the icu going on one month already!  lungs colasped, kindey failure, fast heatbeat

Hello. : Hello. It must be heartbreaking to see you niece's struggle. I don't know if you were looking for medical information or to discuss this more from a philosophical aspect. Sepsis occurs when the blood stream becomes infected. Once that happens, it seeds the infection throughout the body. Both sepsis & pneumonia can contribute to the development of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ards). With ARDS small blood vessles in the lungs leak into the air sacs. The air sacs can't fill with air and thus there won't be enough oxygen carried in the bloodstream. This can be catasphrophic because our organs need oxygen to function. The brain and kidneys are quite susceptible. When one body system shuts down, there can be a domino effect. Many people are under the belief that marvels of modern medicine should be able to fix most medical problems there is also a sense that bad things shouldn't happen to good people. Inspite of the best medical care, once body organs begin failing it can become a real struggle just to sustain life, much less to begin healing. Although the human body is built for resilience, once reserves are depleted and so many organs have been taxed the body becomes very frail. I don't know you or your niece but i just said a prayer for you. Take care. ...Read more

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Lungs given as source of sepsis, some days later lungs were clear.. But sepsis remained.. Does this mean source of sepsis was wrong.. Litle info sorry?

Lungs given as source of sepsis, some days later lungs were clear.. But sepsis remained.. Does this mean source of sepsis was wrong.. Litle info sorry?

Sepsis. : In your scenario, your description doesn't mean that the discovered source of the sepsis was incorrect. It may simply mean that your body is still recovering. Sepsis is a serious matter, and people are still in recovery from it long after the source of the infection is cleared. Be patient. Drink fluids. Rest when you feel you need to. Visit your doctor often until you're at 100%. ...Read more

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Develp sepsis treatd as chestinfection,days latr chest/lung cleared,sepsis ongoing,sepsis due to chest/lung infection?or how posible 4m anothr source?

Sepsis: Sepsis is a process. It is a physiological situation that comes on as a result of trauma to tissue. You already know the source of the sepsis. There is not another source. ...Read more

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Had Chest infection&othr issues.got sepsis.chest infectn blamd 4 sepsis.then lungs clear stil hav sepsis.was it wrong 2 blam sepsis on chest infection?

Had Chest infection&othr issues.got sepsis.chest infectn blamd 4 sepsis.then lungs clear stil hav sepsis.was it wrong 2 blam sepsis on chest infection?

See answer: In this age group of 70+ which is the cart and which the horse wld be difficult to say. Sepsis may have started and localized in the chest or vice versa. The main thing is to get the antibiotic right and treat both. Cultures and blood tests help failing which empirical antibiotics are given for 10-14 days, maybe longer depending on the condition of the patient as to how sick he is. ...Read more

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I am guessing that if an elderly person (not me) has COPD & a pleural effusion (even if the person doesn't have a lung infection) then this would make it harder to survive sepsis. But if so, would either be likely to make a significant difference?

I am guessing that if an elderly person (not me) has COPD & a pleural effusion (even if the person doesn't have a lung infection) then this would make it harder to survive sepsis.  But  if so, would either be likely to make a significant difference?

COPD is diagnosis.: The pleural effusion is a SIGN or a symptom, not a "condition". In fact, by draining the effusion, doctors can run tests & perhaps figure out what is causing the problem. But it doesn't portend anything with regards to survival unless it becomes large. COPD is a DIAGNOSIS. It means that the lungs don't function properly. It makes surviving sepsis tougher, as lung problems can easily develop. TTYD. ...Read more

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I smoked heavily for 6 years. I had a diffuse alveolar hemorrhage in June. I cut down from 3 ppd to 1/2 ppd. However, I just started rehab for IV drugs after almost dying from sepsis. Rehab says not to stop smoking now; but what about my lung issue?

I smoked heavily for 6 years. I had a diffuse alveolar hemorrhage in June. I cut down from 3 ppd to 1/2 ppd. However, I just started rehab for IV drugs after almost dying from sepsis. Rehab says not to stop smoking now; but what about my lung issue?

ECigarette: I wonder if you could successfully use eCigarettes. This would give you the nicotine which would avoid that kind of withdrawal and not further damage your lower respiratory tract the way that tobacco can. Discuss this with your rehab physicians treating you now. ...Read more

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CT show rectum perforatd,abscess's large fluid colection,Chest xray show lung infection,develps sepsis treatd as chest infection? why not blame pelvis

CT show rectum perforatd,abscess's large fluid colection,Chest xray show lung infection,develps sepsis treatd as chest infection? why not blame pelvis

Good Question: This is complex and should be reserved for discussion with u'r doctor or doctors who treated u. Certainly a perforated rectum is an emergency and can cause sepsis, but again, there seems to be a few things happening that make this more complex and not so appropriate for this type of forum . ...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