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How Long Can You Live With Sepsis
Sepsis is a condition in which a person has a blood infection, usually caused by bacteria. The bacteria get into the bloodstream and are spread all over the body. The infection plus the immune system's response to it causes the symptoms of sepsis, which include fever, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, high white ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: It depends on what you mean by "recovery." the actual acute illness may take anywhere from 3-10 days to resolve on average, but can also involve ICU stays for a month or more (depending on setbacks). Even after leaving the icu, a patient will be very weak and deconditioned, and may need assistance to gain strength and ability to function independently again. That can take months of rehab. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Variable: In young people sepsis is easily overcome, but as you get older and have more chronic medical problems, life threatening infections become more frequent. In patients with cancer, renal failure, chronic heart failure, or severe lung disease sepsis becomes a common cause of death. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends : It depends on how severe the reaction of sepsis is. If it is mild and doesn't cause significant organ injury, then recovery can take days to weeks. But, if the sepsis causes organ failure, like kidney failure or a lung reaction, then it can take a very long time. But it's hard to say exactly how long, because everyone's body is different. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends...: On a couple of things. First, what type of infection - some resolve quickly with treatment, others may take longer? Second, how many organ systems were impacted by the infection - was there breathing failure, kidney failure, confusion, etc? Also, and probably most important - what was the patient's baseline health and age? Young, healthy people can do better, but can still die from sepsis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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