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How Common Is Lung Failure With Sepsis
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
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
Had chest infectn&other issues, develop sepsis,sepsis blamd on chest infectn.xrays show lungs clear but sepsis remains,was blamn sepsis on chest wrong?
Best to ask your: doctor who has more detailed information and is in the best position to accurately answer your question. ...Read more
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
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
Had pneumonia&sepsis in January. no damage to heart/lungs/organs. Most symptoms have resolved. Still leg pain but can walk/run. Will leg pain resolve?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer