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Is the source of infection always found in sepsis?

Is the source of infection always found in sepsis?

No: Often the source of infection is not clearly identified and more than 1/3 the time the specific organism/ bug causing the sepsis is never identified. Often treatment/antbiotics fix the problem before source/organism can be clearly identified. ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
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Infection In The Blood (Definition)

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


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I understand that an infection & 2 or more of the following may suggest sepsis: Temp < 36C, HR >90 & RR > 90. But are 3 necessary all day or all week?

I understand that an infection & 2 or more of the following may suggest sepsis: Temp < 36C, HR >90 & RR > 90. But are 3 necessary all day or all week?

It's moot: After a week, blood cultures will give the answer, or if sepsis is absent, another cause of the abnormal vital signs will have been found. Why do you ask? ...Read more

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Can I reduce my chance of an infection and sepsis if I cook my meat well-done?

Some: Most people cook their meat adequately and the risk of developing sepsis from eating meat is low, but real. Cook chicken and turkey until they are 165 degrees, pork to 160, and beef and lamb until it is 145 degrees. http://www.fsis.usda.gov/is_it_done_yet/brochure_text/index.asp for more lay information. ...Read more

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How long does sepsis take, after infection?

Not long: It can take as little as 30 minutes to acquire the signs of sepsis. Even spetic shock can occur very quickly if the conditions are right. ...Read more

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Can an infection be cleared and a person still have sepsis?

Sepsis: Yes. The trauma that the body undergoes when septic can have serious consequences for normal physiology and be difficult to recover from. ...Read more

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How long can you have sepsis infection before symptoms begin?

How long can you have sepsis infection before symptoms begin?

Varies: It isn't sepsis without symptoms, but the onset between infection and symptoms varies depending on the nature of the infection and the host's general health. Hours (meningitis, streptococcus pneumonia) to days would be the usual range. ...Read more

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How long can you have sepsis infection before symptoms start?

Variable: The time from the beginning of infection until the signs & symptoms of severe sepsis can vary widely--from only a few hours to several days. ...Read more

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How long does sepsis take to go into effect after someone has an infection?

How long does sepsis take to go into effect  after someone has an infection?

Sepsis: Time varies a cording to source and type of infection as well as general health of the patient. Hours to days. ...Read more

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How long can you have sepsis infection before the symptoms will start showing?

Not long: Sepsis is a medical emergency. One will be very sick and often become incoherent very quickly. Seek medical attn if you are sick. ...Read more

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Can the sepsis infection be treated to the point of recovery to excellent health?

Often: Depending on how severe the bodies response was and how much damage was done, many people return to normal lives. Starting physical therapy as soon as it is safe to do so, minimizing exposure to benzodiazapines (ativan, valium) and paralytics, early nutrition by a feeding tube, etc all seem to maximize recovery and minimize harms. ...Read more

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Dr. John Landi
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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