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Are there long term effects after surviving septic shock?

Are there long term effects after surviving septic shock?

Septic shock: Patients who survive septic shock or any critical illness have the potential (but not definite) for long term sequelae. Part of this is determined by complications experienced during sepsis, such as respiratory, heart, or renal failure, neurological complications, problems with blood flow to extremities and risk of gangrene. Patients may also experience post traumatic stress disorder. ...Read more

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Shock (Definition)

Shock is a condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (carrying oxygen & nutrients) to the vital organs in the body. If shock persists, various parts of the body will stop working, and the person will die. Causes of shock include injuries, excessive bleeding, heart failure, infections, chemical imbalances, ...Read more


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How long does it take for gangrene to go from dry to wet to septic shock to death?

How long does it take for gangrene to go from dry to wet to septic shock to death?

There is no set time: ...& can vary from hours to never. Gangrenous tissue should be surgically removed as soon as it is medically safe to do so(i.e., when anesthesia, if needed, can be tolerated) and something can be done to protect the raw tissue that's left behind- unless infection has already started in which case it's even more urgent and no longer as important to worry about covering the raw tissue right away. ...Read more

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How long does it take to wake from a medically induced coma? There may still be some infection after a septic shock episode.

How long does it take to wake from a medically induced coma? There may still be  some infection after a septic shock episode.

Depends: Depends on how badly the organs have failed during the septic shock episode - particularly kidneys and liver that clear medicines from the body. So it may be immediate or delayed up to several days. If it doesn't happen when expected, further work-up is warranted to rule out a stroke or other problems that may have happened during the coma. ...Read more

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What do you advise if i was just wondering how long it would take for sepsis to develop into septic shock?

What do you advise if i was just wondering how long it would take for sepsis to develop into septic shock?

Depends...: The length of time between sepsis and septic shock is variable and it depends on what organism is causing the sepsis since some organisms are more virulent than others. It also depends on the treatment of the sepsis. If proper anti microbial therapy is given, the sepsis will not continue on to septic shock. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a tooth ache to turn into septic shock?

Varies: There is no specific time frame for this. It depends on the state of your immune system, what the infecting organism is and what else is going on medically. One thing is certain, however: delay in getting treatment just makes things worse. Get to a dentist ASAP! ...Read more

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My mom was dx'd in april 2012 with septic shock. Fully recovered now, how long can she still die from this? She was in icu and hospital for mos.

My mom was dx'd in april 2012 with septic shock.  Fully recovered now, how long can she still die from this?  She was in icu and hospital for mos.

Not likely: She had a serious illness related to infection with prolonged recovery and now improved. She has no current risk of dying from that event . Her health status however is likely changed. ...Read more

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Can septic shock cause long term heart problems and low blood pressure ?

Can septic shock cause long term heart problems and low blood pressure ?

No: Typically if a patient survives this life threatening severe infection once the severe infection resolves blood pressure returns to normal and the heart function should return to normal as well. ...Read more

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My father is just about recovering from a severe sepsis infection that included septic shock. Still has low grade fever. How long does recovery take?

My father is just about recovering from a severe sepsis infection that included septic shock. Still has low grade fever. How long does recovery take?

Sepsis: It can certainly depend on the etiology of the sepsis and the degree of organ dysfunction that occurred. Some recover fully, some take weeks, some never quite recover organ function and cardiac, pulmonary, brain and kidney function may be impaired afterwards. If he is still with fever days/weeks into therapy, i would make sure he has been evaluated for endocarditis with blood cultures and an echo. ...Read more

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What is septic shock?

What is septic shock?

Cytokines: Untreated bacterial infection can spread to the circulatory system and produce by products called cytokines which can result in circulatory collapse very low blood pressure and multiorgan dysfunction. ...Read more

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Sepsis (Definition)

Sepsis occurs as a result of body's abnormal response to severe infection. Manifestation of sepsis include fever, rapid heart rate and rapid breathing. Blood work will reveal elevation of ...Read more


Dr. William Walsh
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Septic Shock (Definition)

Septic shock is a condition of inflammation throughout the body caused by a severe infection that can lead to fever, low blood pressure, and the ...Read more