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Doctor insights on: Long Term Effects Of Septic Shock

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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)

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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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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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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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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Are there lingering effects from septic shock after you get better?

Are there lingering effects from septic shock after you get better?

Septic shock: Septic shock can be fully recovered from without long term problems. However, depending upon the comorbid conditions and complications experienced during septic shock, people are at risk for long term issues. These might include residual lung, cardiac, kidney, neurologic and psychologic issues. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I'm going into septic shock?

How can I tell if I'm going into septic shock?

Sepsis: Ask your physician to explain what it is and tell you whether your scenario is clinically consistent with a sepsis syndrome. ...Read more

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How can you tell if someone is going into septic shock?

Examination and labs: Septic shock is a life threatening cardiovascular collapse caused by many infections. Early stages can be detected by an experienced dr. Evaluating vital signs, examination, and biochemical changes detectable in blood work. Late stages anyone can diagnose but often too late. Icu care is mandatory. ...Read more

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What is the rate of survival for people who develop septic shock?

60%: It is very variable, with many factors playing a role. Concomitant conditions and age are also major factors, though most studies have around a 40 percent mortality on average. ...Read more

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I'm afraid that I may get septic shock, are there certain signs to look for?

I'm afraid that I may get septic shock, are there certain signs to look for?

No: You will feel terrible, your blood pressure will be so low that your vital organs begin to fail and you will be too delirious to know what is going on. In reality, most people don't ever develop this unless they have other problems or come into contact with a bad bacteria and avoid antibiotic therapy. There is little reason to worry about this; if it is consuming you I would suggest therapy. ...Read more

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Can cellulite lead to septic shock?

Can cellulite lead to septic shock?

No: Cellulites is a term used to refer to the rippling or wavelike fat deposits on the thighs. Cellulitis is an infected red area, that can progress locally or can cause widespread infection or sepsis. ...Read more

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Can septic shock make a man infirtile?

Can septic shock make a man infirtile?

Absolutely.: Yes it can. If it caused lack of blood flow to the testes. ...Read more

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What are various causes of septic shock?

What are various causes of septic shock?

Septic shock: Septic shock is a form of shock caused by an infectious organism. Typically, this is a bacteria (and there are a variety of these), and a person's susceptibility to these may be influenced by co-morbid medical problems like diabetes. Fungal organisms also cause sepsis, and viruses produce a sepsis syndrome as well. There are other causes of shock that mimic sepsis. ...Read more

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What's the difference between septic shock and hypovolemic?

What's the difference between septic shock and hypovolemic?

The cause: Septic shock is shock due to bacteria in the blood stream, causing sepsis. Hypovolemic shock is due to low volume, usually blood loss. ...Read more

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Could you die from septic shock from pneumonia if you were put under?

Not sure: Do you mean undergoing general anesthesia? This is safe and pneumonia from anesthesia rarely happens unless it's an emergency surgery where there isn't time to empty the stomach completely. Pneumonia can cause septic shock and fatalities regardless of the cause. ...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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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is septic shock, and how would you know?

Shock: Shock means there is low blood pressure with the body's response of increased heart rate. Add to this that it is due to overwhelming infection so there is fever (or abnormally low temperature) increased breathing effort, increased (or low) WBC poor oxygenation, then you have septic shock and those are the things you see. ...Read more

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How do you distinguish between a patient on septic shock vs having an overdose?

Sepsis: There are a number of ways these two conditions might be differentiated, but the simplest answer is that typically in septic shock a bacterial or infectious agent could be isolated from the blood whereas in drug overdose a toxicology screen might reveal the cause. ...Read more

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Can a septic shock patient develop osteomyelitis?

Yes: But it can go both ways, bacteremia can seed the bone or acute osteomyelitis can cause bacteremia. ...Read more

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What could get in your blood stream and cause septic shock?

Sepsis: Any bacteria/mold/ fungus/ parasite. The blood is sterile and compromise of its sterility is a risk factor for developing septic shock. ...Read more

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Is it possible to survive septic shock without going to the doctor?

Highly unlikely: Sepsis is a deadly syndrome that is best treated when recognized quickly by a physician. ...Read more

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How common is septic shock due to the pnuemonia and what is the treatment?

Not common: Bacterial pneumonia with bacteremia happens 20 percent of the time. However shock with sepsis occurs more rarely and usually is associated with other comorbidities. The treatment for pneumonia with septic shock is fluids, possible pressors and antibiotics. If gas exchange is markedly impaired mech ventilation is used. ...Read more

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Septic shock swelling is increasing in body and no bacteria are being found?

May be difficult: Septic shock is difficult to treat in the best of circumstances; the absence of bacteria isolated may just be because the patient is already on antibiotics. The other thing to consider with dropping blood pressure in critically ill patients if whether they have a relative adrenal insufficiency as well. ...Read more

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What is the difference between sepsis and septic shock?

Blood pressure: Sepsis is the body's generalized inflammatory state as a response to an infection. Severe sepsis is when 2 organ systems begin to fail due to sepsis. Septic shock is when you have sepsis and your blood pressure remains low despite being given adequate IV fluids. A medication called a "vasopressor" can then be required to support your blood pressure to safe levels. ...Read more

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In a teen who almost died from septic shock, is ptsd common?

Could be: If teen was showing signs of hyper-alertness and hyper vigilance, avoidance of things associated with the event or blunted interest in rejoining life, increase anxiety, re-experiencing the event with flashbacks or bad dreams then it could well be ptsd or an acute stress reaction. The teen has lots of options that will be helpful, a primary care doctor is a good start and referral for therapy key. ...Read more

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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


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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