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Dr. Michael DePietro Dr. DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
31 years in practice
Hahnemann Medical College
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What is septic pneumonia?

What is septic pneumonia?

Infection plus: This is imprecise term but "sepsis" is said to exist when there are signs of a generalized inflammatory response in the body, this includes fever, elevated white cell count, rapid heart rate and respiratory rate, abnormally low blood pressure. If the source of the infection causing this is the lung, then the patient may be said to be septic from pneumonia.

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Dr. Albert Pizzo Dr. Pizzo
Family Medicine
56 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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I had a very bad case of septic pneumonia 6 mos ago. It was the first time I've ever had it. Will I be more likely to get pneumonia again?

I had a very bad case of septic pneumonia 6 mos ago. It was the first time I've ever had it. Will I be more likely to get pneumonia again?

Pneumonia: Perhaps. Do not smoke, or use drugs. Eat a healthy diet. Avoid second hand smoke and any chemical lung irritants. Exercise in clean air areas (not in traffic areas). If you have asthma, see an allergist.

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Dr. Dennis Clifford Dr. Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
39 years in practice
University of Minnesota Medical School
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Could you die from septic shock from pneumonia if you were put under?

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.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Found out 3 yo has bacterial pneumonia today. Thought it was virus for 5 days. Is that long enough to go untreated to turn septic? I'm very worried

Found out 3 yo has bacterial pneumonia today. Thought it was virus for 5 days. Is that long enough to go untreated to turn septic? I'm very worried

Depends on variables: It is not unusual for a respiratory virus to eventually lead to a bacterial pneumonia, otitis media or sinusitis. When it does it is usually marked by an obvious change in the kids symptoms. If your doc treated this as an outpatient, as many are, it is not that serious. Sometimes we treat as an inpatient if they are not taking fluids well. I can't recall any pneumonia I've treated going septic.

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Dr. Saul Hymes Dr. Hymes
Pediatrics - Infectious Disease
11 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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My child was diagnosis with bacterial pneumonia today. We thought it was virus x5 days. Started abx today. He's tired today. Could it have turned septic?

My child was diagnosis with bacterial pneumonia today. We thought it was virus x5 days. Started abx today. He's tired today. Could it have turned septic?

Pneumonia: Sepsis--bacteria in the blood--is certainly a complication of bacterial pneumonia in children but is rare these days due to vaccination andif course antibiotics. Fighting an infection is hard work for the body and children are often tired and I'll even for a little while after starting antibiotics. But that said, if you are worried he is worse, call your pediatrician right away.

Dr. Larry Lutwick Dr. Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
45 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh Dr. Dosanjh
Pediatrics - Pulmonology
32 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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Narcotic pneumonia 6yrs ago. Multi organ failure septic shock. Bronchoscopy done everything normal. Cough up mucus still and get breathless.?

Narcotic pneumonia 6yrs ago. Multi organ failure septic shock. Bronchoscopy done everything normal. Cough up mucus still and get breathless.?

Mgt: The severity of your pneumonia was significant and can lead to changes of airway structure. One possible diagnosis is bronchiectasis. I would suggest a sputum culture and TB skin test, in addition to a HRCT of your chest to evaluate. A virtual appointment is also available for further details and to review uploaded results.

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Dr. Alfredo Garcia Dr. Garcia
Pediatrics
52 years in practice
University of the City of Manila College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Laura Anissian Dr. Anissian
Internal Medicine
17 years in practice
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Mom 58 in ICU Pneumonia/Septic in body. Sick 2 weeks w/o treatment. Weak immune system due to past Cirrhosis, DVT's, Cancer, meningitis, hear attack.?

Mom 58 in ICU Pneumonia/Septic in body. Sick 2 weeks w/o treatment. Weak immune system due to past Cirrhosis, DVT's, Cancer, meningitis, hear attack.?

What is?: First off, let me say I am sorry to hear how sick your mother is. She has underlying issues to fight it sounds like. I know this is tough for you. I, however, do not know what your question is...

Dr. Frank Mayo Dr. Mayo
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
44 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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How common is septic shock due to the pnuemonia and what is the treatment?

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.

Dr. Theresa Henderson Dr. Henderson
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
37 years in practice
University of Dublin Trinity College School of Physic
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What is. The. Prognosis for a esrd patient with diabetes, and septic arthritis, pneumonia and went into cardiac arrest?

What is. The. Prognosis for a esrd patient with diabetes, and septic arthritis, pneumonia and went into cardiac arrest?

Difficult to manage: The description given puts this person in a very critical situation. What is described appears to have overwhelming infection that is overwhelming the body's ability to sustain itself. There is hope if the patient did not damage the brain when the heart stopped and the infection can be eradicated. Even if this person should recover, the long term prognosis would be poor for good quality of life.

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Dr. Michael Ein Dr. Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
44 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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What is septic blood?

What is septic blood?

Incorrect term: There is no such thing as septic blood. Sepsis is systemic inflammatory response syndrome in a patient with an infection. Sirs is high WBC count with fever, elevated pulse and elevated respiratory rate. Septicemia refers to bacteria circulating in the blood stream usually because of a serious infection.

Dr. Howard Schneider Dr. Schneider
Dentistry - Pediatric
30 years in practice
University of London, United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St. Thomas's Hospitals
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Is listerine bad for my septic system?

Is listerine bad for my septic system?

No: I presume you mean is it damaging to the bacteria that break down the waste in the septic tank. No, not unless you are spilling several gallons of it down the drain each day. The caffeine and other chemicals you pour down it on a regular basis have a much greater risk of causing any problems.

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Dr. John Goldman Dr. Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
51 years in practice
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
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How do you diagnose septic arthristis?

How do you diagnose septic arthristis?

Culture: The fluid from the infected hip joint has to be cultured. This can be done by aspiration under ultrasound or x-ray imaging. Sometimes open surgery is necessary to make the diagnosis.

Dr. Scott Bolhack Dr. Bolhack
Wound care
31 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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How common can cellulitis become septic?

How common can cellulitis become septic?

Cellulitis: Cellulitis is an inflammation of the skin; the usual reference to this term is that the inflammation is caused from a bacterium. If the infection becomes overwhelming, the bacteria works it's way into the bloodstream resulting in sepsis.

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Dr. Larry Lutwick Dr. Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
45 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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What are the symptoms of septic arthristis?

What are the symptoms of septic arthristis?

Fever and pain: Septic arthritis is a big deal. It presents with fever, joint pain swelling and redness and lots of pain upon joint motion. Treatment revolves around drainage and continued drainage of the pus in the joint and appropriate antimicrobial therapy. Serious damage to the joint can occur with mismanagement.

Dr. Jeffrey Miller Dr. Miller
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
47 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Individual home septic systems generally do not involve?

Individual home septic systems generally do not involve?

Re-ask: I believe that part of this question was cut off. Please reask with clarification.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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