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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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Shock (Definition)

A condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (carrying oxygen and 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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A female mid 50's has been in a coma for 6 years now. Septic shock was the cause of the coma. Are there successful new treatments for this?

Probably not: If she has been in a coma for the last six years due to septic shock, unfortunately, it is unlikely that she will recover. As far as I know, there are no new treatments for prolonged comas such as this. ...Read more

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What can be done for septic shock?

What can be done for septic shock?

Many things: There has been a lot of research on this topic and most hospitals now have a sepsis protocol. Most importantly, appropriate antibiotics need to be given in a timely manner, usually in the er, and there is IV fluid resuscitation, pressors - drips to increase the blood pressure, and respiratory and other support when needed. There are guidelines on how to monitor the patients and manage all of this. ...Read more

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How likely is someone to go into septic shock?

How likely is someone to go into septic shock?

Depends: On their age, sex, smoking status, whether or not they have diabetes, cancer, take immune suppressant drugs, their nutritional status, as well as the nature of any infecting agent, if they are wounded, if they have insurance or access to medical care... The so called average person will likely never go into septic shock, but. .. There is no average person. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Septic shock?

What is the definition or description of: Septic shock?

Septic shock: 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 respiratory failure or death. ...Read more

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When a person goes into septic shock, what exactly kills them?

When a person goes into septic shock, what exactly kills them?

Inadequate blood flo: In septic shock, the event triggers a profound change in blood distribution. Blood pressure drops. Blood is no longer able to circulate and bathe the cells in nutrients or oxygen in adequate amounts to keep them functioning. Kidneys, heart, brain all begin shutting down as their fuel supply declines. At some point, the heart will fail to maintain a proper rhythm and quit. ...Read more

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Please could you explain what septic shock is and what could be the cause of it?

Please could you explain what septic shock is and what could be the cause of it?

Bacteremia: When bacteria get into the blood stream, they can cause septic shock, in which blood pressure falls to very low levels, renal perfusion falls, a dangerous combination. Infectious disease experts are first line of defense in septic shock. ...Read more

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Chances of survival of patient with severely septic and septic shock?

Not good: Cannot give you a number, but the prognosis is bleak. Depends on the age of the patient, cause for sepsis (what started the infection), co-morbidity (other diseases the patient might have-in this case pf sepsis, diabetes would be bad to have). ...Read more

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What is the treatment for septic shock?

What is the treatment for septic shock?

Septic shock: Treatment for septic shock involves reversal of shock, supportive care and antibiotic therapy. The forms that each of these treatments can take is predicated upon the severity of the shock. Some patients may only require fluid administration along with antibiotics and close monitoring while others may need invasive care in the intensive care unit. ...Read more

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Can anaphylaxis turn into septic shock?

Can anaphylaxis turn into septic shock?

Very different: Anaphylaxis is an acute allergic reaction. Sepsis is due to infection. These are two very different medical conditions. ...Read more

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Can septic shock cause compartment syndrome?

Can septic shock cause compartment syndrome?

Intraabdominal: There is a very rare problem where patients develop intra abdominal compartment syndrome but usually it relates to a severe trauma. ...Read more

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What types of antibiotics can cause septic shock?

What types of antibiotics can cause septic shock?

Did you mean bugs?: Antibiotics don't cause septic shock, bacteria do. All kinds of bacteria can do this but most commonly gram-negatives from the urinary or gastrointestinal tract, gram-positives from skin etc infections and the various that cause pneumonia. Antibiotics are used to treat septic shock, together with all other supportive care. ...Read more

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What is hemorrhagic shock, compared to septic shock?

What is hemorrhagic shock, compared to septic shock?

Blood loss v Infectn: Hemorrhagic shock is shock due to blood loss. Septic shock is shock due to infection. ...Read more

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What are the consequences of having maternal septic shock?

What are the consequences of having maternal septic shock?

Septic shock: Septic shock is caused by a serious bacterial infection usually found in the uterus. It is associated with vascular collapse, kidney damage, breathing difficulties, coma, and death. ...Read more

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What is the difference between toxic shock syndrome and septic shock?

What is the difference between toxic shock syndrome and septic shock?

They're related.: Toxic shock syndrome is a specific cause of septic shock. Tss is caused by staph and sometimes strep bacteria which produce a toxin that can injure many organs. Septic shock is when an infection overwhelms the immune system and causes exaggerated inflammation usually due to bacterial infection, but sometimes viruses or fungal infections as well. If not corrected it has a high fatality rate. ...Read more

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If muriatic acid gets into the bloos stream can it lead to septic shock?

If muriatic acid gets into the bloos stream can it lead to septic shock?

No: Septic shock is usually reserved for shock related to infection. Muriatic acid (hydrochloric acid) in high concentration IV is lethal. However in severe alkalemic states extremely dilute muriatic acid can improve the homeodtasis of the body. ...Read more

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Septic shock: what is the typical recovery period after being stabilized?

Depends: Depends on the patient's severity of disease, e.g. Number of organ systems affected; age and comorbidities. Normally, the patient will spend a few days on the general medical ward after being discharged from the ICU and then go to rehab for 2-3 weeks. But these are just very general guidelines. ...Read more

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Is hyperglycaemia an indication that someone is experiencing septic shock?

Not very specific: Hyperglycemia can be a sign of inflammation or systemic stress. This can be caused by many, many conditions, one of which can be septic shock. But, really any condition can also cause hyperglycemia: pneumonia, heart attack, stroke, blood clots, etc. So, it is not a good marker to tell if you have septic shock.

Sometimes, however, HYPOglycemia (too low) can be associated with septic shock. FYI. ...Read more

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What proinflammatory mediator is responsible for hyptension in septic shock?

What proinflammatory mediator is responsible for hyptension in septic shock?

Many: Too many to list, there are probably hundreds of mediators that are thought to play some role in septic shock, not just one. A gas called Nitric Oxide made by many different kinds of cells is important in causing the low blood pressure since it causes blood vessels to dilate, but there are multiple other substances involved. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the causes and how might septic shock be prevented?

I was wondering what are the causes and how might septic shock be prevented?

Treat infection: Sepsis is when the infection or its effect involves the whole body. Sepsis is prevented by preventing infection or treating infection. When the inflammatory process is overwhelming it depresses the function of the heart, there is vasodilation causing the shock. Fluids, treat infection, vasoconstrictors and meds to improve heart functions can be given. ...Read more

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I'm not sure but is hyperglycaemia an indication for septic shock? If so, why?

I'm not sure but is hyperglycaemia an indication for septic shock? If so, why?

Not an indicator: There is a association with hyperglycemia and worse survival with sepsis. So tight blood sugar control was thought better. Sometime Insulin infusions are used to control blood sugars. So hyperglycemia not an indication for sepsis but rather a consequence of sepsis and infections sometimes. Need to have adequate bs control. ...Read more

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Due to septic shock the patient is not recovering there is high amount os swelling?

Due to septic shock the patient is not recovering there is high amount os swelling?

Hypermetabolic: When patients are septic they develop increased metabolic rates and are unable to produce protein in normal amounts. This leads to swelling. Over time this will resolve. ...Read more

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Can you explain the physiological changes in hypovolemic, cardiogenic and septic shock?

VOLUME, PRESSORS, ABS: All cause low bp. Cardiogenic from the heart pump not working ie the muscle is deteriorating. Hypovolemic is caused by loss of fluids or poor PO intake and is associated with infection sometimes. Septic shock is low BP from severe infection especially in the blood stream. Sepsis and hypovolemia need lots of fluids, possibly pressors to support bp. Cardiac may need Dobutamine and assist devices. ...Read more

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If the patient who is suffering from septic shock gets worse after an attempt of dialysis, what are other options available to be considered?

Consult intensivist: This issue is too complicated to be addressed in this forum. You would do well to consult with a specialist in intensive care. ...Read more

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Help docs, is hyperglycaemia an indication for septic shock and why?

No: Hi. No, hyperglycemia is a sign of DIABETES! A severe illness like septic shock can bring out diabetes in a previously undiagnosed person, but NO ONE would ever say hyperglycemia is a sign of septic shock. WHY septic shock can cause the expression of hyperglycemia is because septic shock greatly ramps up stress hormones (cortisol & epinephrine) that antagonize insulin...ergo, diabetes. ...Read more

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Could you survive septic shock?

Yes: Many do recover from septic shock when the infection is treated adequately and its bad effect resolves. Unfortunately too many succumb to the infections and its deleterious effects on the body called septic shock. ...Read more

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What are the tests for septic shock?

Septic shock: Septic shock is a clinical diagnosis. Recovery of an infectious organism, typically bacterial although other organisms are possible, helps to confirm the diagnosis although this takes time- sometimes days or longer. There are a number of tests that clinicians use to help initially make a diagnosis and to guide therapy, although the history and physical examination are of great importance. ...Read more

Dr. William Walsh
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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


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