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Are overwhelming mennigicoccal sepsis and septic shock similar type of illness? They both are a result of bacteria and infections?

Are  overwhelming mennigicoccal sepsis and septic shock similar type of illness? They both are a result of bacteria and infections?

Yes and No: Septic shock is a result of any massive infection that drops the blood pressure down and threatens the brain and heart by massive widening of the outside blood vessels. Menningicoccal sepsis is a special type of infection that is due to a bacteria and therefore can cause septic shock. ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
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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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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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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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Is it possible to get septic shock or a bad infection that leads to death from getting a tattoo?

Is it possible to get septic shock or a bad infection that leads to death from getting a tattoo?

Possible: It is possible but uncommon. Getting a tattoo is not a good idea, it is a form of self mutilation. Depending on the technique, ink and sterile precautions, a number of disease have resulted from tattoos. Fashions change and you would want to be stuck with an unfashionable appearance. ...Read more

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Is there any chances that septic shock caused by streptococcal infection can cause brain damage in a teenage boy?

Is there any chances that septic shock caused by streptococcal infection can cause brain damage in a teenage boy?

Depends: Septic shock will not usually cause permanent brain injury, but there are exceptions.One is if the infection directly involves the brain. So strep pneumoniae can cause an infection of the lining surrounding the brain ( menningitis) that can result in brain injury. Sometimes if the shock is severe enough with blood pressure very low for a long time, this can result in brain injury. This is unusual. ...Read more

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Can a heavy growth of escherichia coli get in your blood stream and cause septic shock?

Absolutely: E. Coli is notorious for causing infections, specially in the urinary tract. If untreated, the bacteria can go to the blood stream and cause septic shock. Depending on the virulence of the bacteria, it can cause severe problems that can lead to death. ...Read more

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Why is low blood pressure so dangerous in regards to septic shock?

Why is low blood pressure so dangerous in regards to septic shock?

Extremely dangerous: If organs are not getting enough blood, they do not work, and worse they are injured to the point of organ death. Blood pressure is a direct reflection of how much blood is flowing to these organs. ...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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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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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. William Walsh
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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