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

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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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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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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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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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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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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4 year old girl with streptococcus pneumonia with septic shock. What is the survival chance ? Blood transfusions , glucose levels high 300s, low potas

4 year old girl with streptococcus pneumonia with septic shock. What is the survival chance ? Blood transfusions , glucose levels high 300s, low potas

Pneumococ. pneumonia: 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

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Elderly mother survived pneumonia, "c diff", 2 consecutive uti's, and fecal impaction, resulting delirium. Can she come back to herself?

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

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What is done when an elderly person has urinary sepsis?

Urosepsis: Cultures are taken from the blood and urine. Broad spectrum antibiotics are started until the cultures and sensitivities return from the lab in 2 to 3 days. ...Read more

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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


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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