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How long can you live being elderly if sepsis?

How long can you live being elderly if sepsis?

Depends: Prompt medical care, antibiotics & fluid resuscitation has improved outcomes & cured many septic conditions. ...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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How long can the elderly live with sepsis?

How long can the elderly live with sepsis?

It varies: It depends on the source of the infection, the level of aggressive treatment that the body can tolerate, the level of target organ damage and the quality of person's life. ...Read more

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How long does it take for sepsis to kill you if untreated, and you are a sick elderly person?

How long does it take for sepsis to kill you if untreated, and you are a sick elderly person?

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

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For what length of time can you live being elderly stage 4 colon cancer and renal failure and sepsis?

For what length of time can you live being elderly stage 4 colon cancer and renal failure and sepsis?

Sounds like serious: Illness. Of the conditions you mentioned, sepsis is probably the worst, because it means uncontrolled infection throughout the body. Next is renal failure, but dialysis can reverse some of the effects of it. Stage 4 colon cancer means widespread disease, so prognosis is poor. To have all of these conditions at one time in one person is quite ominous. ...Read more

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Are elderly more susceptible to sepsis?

Are elderly more susceptible to sepsis?

More than whom?: Persons over 65 are more susceptible to infections and to sepsis than younger adults, but not necessarily than children. ...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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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 can one tell what level of sepsis a Alzheimer's elderly has? What are the symptoms

Sepsis is serious.: Sepsis means a generalized infection. Usually gives fever, chills general malaise and it's is seriously dangerous. Common sources are intestinal, skin, urinary track, pneumonia but any infection may cause it. We order pancultures ( blood, urine, sputum others) to find which germ is causing it. Requires serious tx in a hospital. Pt requires intravenous antibiotics. Sepsis causes shock and death ...Read more

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This is only a general question. If an elderly pt has "kidney failure" & sepsis does the kidney failure generally make much of a difference to survivablity?

This is only a general question. If an elderly pt has "kidney failure" & sepsis does the kidney failure generally make much of a difference to survivablity?

Kidney failure: Kidney failure complicates treatment of other serious illnesses. The extra metabolic demands created during serious illness can also make recovery more difficult in the face of organ failure. Experienced physicians should be able to manage this to some degree for the best possible outcome. ...Read more

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An elderly relative in hospital had a result of "Vacuolated Neutrophils +". I understand that this can be an early sign of sepsis. He's only had this test once but 6 days later he doesn't seem to be any worse. He hasn't been on Abx. I'm at a loss..

An elderly relative in hospital had a result of "Vacuolated Neutrophils +". I understand that this can be an early sign of sepsis. He's only had this test once but 6 days later he doesn't seem to be any worse. He hasn't been on Abx. I'm at a loss..

DiscussWithDoctors: While it is true that Vacuolated Neutrophils is an early sign of sepsis and due to massive bacterial growth and when these cells persist for more than 36 hours,the disease may be considered beyond control.And you are correct in saying that these patients are treated with Antibiotics.But we can not comment on this elderly relative of yours.You have to ask his treating doctors about his case ...Read more

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Elderly incontinent diabetic paralysed from waist down - no cathethar develops sepsis then septic shock vomitting , cd it hve taken months to progr?

Taken what?: I am assuming you are referring to her sepsis, in which case the answer is no, sepsis doesn't last for months. Chronic urinary tract infections exist but are uncommon unless there is a resistant organism present. ...Read more

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If an elderly pt is on Lasix, N/saline, O2, metronidozole & cephalothin for an unknown aetiology (possibly sepsis) & becomes terminal could the continuation of these meds without addition of analgesia or antipsychotics alleviate the pain or delirium?

If an elderly pt is on Lasix, N/saline, O2, metronidozole & cephalothin for an unknown aetiology (possibly sepsis) & becomes terminal could the continuation of these meds without addition of analgesia or antipsychotics alleviate the pain or delirium?

Comfort measures: Damien, I'm sorry that someone you love is passing away. It's their decision how aggressively things might be managed. Nowadays, the law allows physicians to be far more humane than in the past. I'm not sure I understand, but the meds you have listed are for treatment rather than comfort, and the latter should not be withheld when appropriate. ...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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How long can you live if you don't treat sepsis?

Very individual: Depending on how severe the infection is, some may be self-limited, but most progress without treatment, particularly in older people or those with pre-exiting medical conditions. So it is hard to say exactly how long but why would you not want to treat it? Treatment is usually antibiotics, IV fluids etc supportive care, nothing fancy or controversial. ...Read more

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How long can you live with sepsis if IV antibiotics can't cure the infection but oral antibiotics are used to slow the spread of infection?

How long can you live with sepsis if IV antibiotics can't cure the infection but oral antibiotics are used to slow the spread of infection?

Maybe forever: If the doctors have switched to oral treatment, the sepsis itself probably is under control or cured. Continuing oral antibiotics probably is intended to cure whatever underlying infection led to sepsis, or keep it suppressed if not cured. The details depend on that underlying infeciton, different for each one: pneumonia, urinary tract, skin, bone, internal abscess, etc. Discuss with doctors. ...Read more

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How long will sepsis be treated?

Depends: Sepsis is a very serious and potentially life threatening condition caused by toxins from bacteria in the blood stream. The usual treatment is aggressive supportive therapy with IV fluids, antibiotics and other medications to support blood pressure if needed. ...Read more

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How long does it take for sepsis to kill someone?

Death by sepsis: Hard to give a good answer. sepsis if caught soon enough can be successfully treated. Sepsis in the very old or chronically ill has a high mortality despite treatment. Left untreated death can occur in days if not hours as the body shuts down and organs fail. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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When left untreated, how long before sepsis develops from endometritis?

When left untreated, how long before sepsis develops from endometritis?

Variable: Answer is dependent on a number of things, including the health of the individual, the type of infecting organism, other ongoing medical problems. ...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