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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
This is a hypothetical scenario If an elderly pt is hypotensive eg BP in recent days 116/59, 107/59, 104/69, 112/69, 102/62 & 106/70 & is in pain could regular hydromorphione lower BP too much or affect other vital signs if pt has pneumonia & sepsis?
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
In general & all things being equal is an elderly pt with sepsis & a high total bilirubin less likely to survive than an elderly pt with sepsis & normal TB I realize there are many causes of a high TB.
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
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
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
4 year old girl with streptococcus pneumonia with septic shock. What is the survival chance? Blood transfusions, glucose levels high 300s, low potas
I am so sorry to hear about your daughter's critical illness. The mortality rate in septic shock is very high but let me give you some pointers about the condition. My search (chest. 2004;126 (1) tells me that septic shock occurring within 24 hrs of admission is worse but has 63% chance of recovery compared to 88% if onset was after 24 hrs.
We need lots of prayers and hope for her recovery. ...Read more
Elderly mother survived pneumonia, "c diff", 2 consecutive uti's, and fecal impaction, resulting delirium. Can she come back to herself?
Came back to life: You don't say how old your mother is, or how many other medical problems she may have. With mother's day looming please enjoy her present "back to this life" status. ...Read more
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
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
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
Sepsis: Very variable. Depends upon the organism producing the sepsis, the therapy chosen and its timing and many other factors. Have seen patients die within hours of admission to hospital and others who linger for lengthy time periods. ...Read more
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?
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
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
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
(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
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
Had a d dimer done today to rule out further clots but can it show if my pneumonia has gotten worse? Terrified of ending up with severe sepsis again.
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
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
Is there any evidence that recurrent insomnia can have an adverse affect on outcomes in the elderly, e.g.with sepsis or pneumonia or can make other conditions worse, e.g. CHF or renal impairment?
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
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
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
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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