septic shock

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<b>Septic shock is also known as <a href="#topics/Sepsis">Sepsis</a></b>. Septic shock is a condition of inflammation throughout the body caused by a severe infection that can lead to fever, low blood pressure, and the failure of multiple organs.
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Dr. Martin Linder answered:

What is septic shock?

Cytokines

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untreated bacterial infection can spread to the circulatory system and produce by products called cytokines which can result in circulatory collapse very low blood pressure and multiorgan dysfunction
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Could you survive septic shock?

Yes

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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.
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Dr. Rada Ivanov answered:

What can be done for septic shock?

Many things

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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.
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Can cellulite lead to septic shock?

No

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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.
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Dr. Jason Adler answered:

What are the tests for septic shock?

Septic shock

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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.
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Dr. Jason Adler answered:

What is the treatment for septic shock?

Septic shock

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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.
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Dr. Martin Raff answered:

Can anaphylaxis turn into septic shock ?

Very different

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Anaphylaxis is an acute allergic reaction. Sepsis is due to infection. These are two very different medical conditions.
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Dr. Jason Adler answered:

What are various causes of septic shock?

Septic shock

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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.
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Can someone survive septic shock and live?

Of course

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The goal of treating septic shock is ultimately survival. The best medical centers achieve survival rates for septic shock > 90%.
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How to tell if I am going into septic shock?

You'd Be Very Sick

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You would be very, very sick. You would likely feel very ill, and you may even pass out. Thankfully, if you are well enough to ask the question here, it is unlikely you will be developing septic shock. Of course, if you feel very sick, never hesitate going to the hospital to be seen. In septic shock, the sooner you get treated, the better the outcome.
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