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Septic Shock (Definition)

Septic shock is also known as Sepsis. 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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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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What are the symptoms associated with septic shock?

What are the symptoms associated with septic shock?

Septic shock: The symptoms of septic shock can vary to the individual prior to coming to medical attention, but may involve fever, lethargy, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, headache and weakness, amongst others. Clinical signs may include elevated heart rate, low blood pressure, rapid breathing, decreases urine output, low oxygen saturations, altered mental status, and acid build up in blood stream, to name a few. ...Read more

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Infant Health (Tip)

Infant Health

Infants under two months are more susceptible to serious infections (such as sepsis or meningitis). ...See more

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Do symptoms of septic shock in infants include hypertension?

Do symptoms of septic shock in infants include hypertension?

no: Shock is a medical term used for low blood pressure. If the blood pressure is high, then the term shock would not be used. ...Read more

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What are the tests for septic shock?

Septic shock: 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. ...Read more

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Kidney failure

Maintenance dialysis is best begun early in ckd, avoiding malnutrition, uremia, sepsis, bleeding. ...See more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is septic shock, and how would you know?

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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What types of antibiotics can cause septic shock?

What types of antibiotics can cause septic shock?

Did you mean bugs?: Antibiotics don't cause septic shock, bacteria do. All kinds of bacteria can do this but most commonly gram-negatives from the urinary or gastrointestinal tract, gram-positives from skin etc infections and the various that cause pneumonia. Antibiotics are used to treat septic shock, together with all other supportive care. ...Read more

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Diabetes Type 2

Myth: "you can't control blood sugar by preventing a mouth infection". ...See more

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Can someone explain to me how come patients with septic shock be treated with insulin and corticosteroids?

Can someone explain to me how come patients with septic shock be treated with insulin and corticosteroids?

To improve survival: Steroids may be used in septic shock that persists despite max support. The adrenal may suffer during shock and glucose metabolism is off , necessitating Insulin especially when giving steroids. The steroids are in low to intermediate dose. High dose steroids in septic shock are associated with higer mortality. ...Read more

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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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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

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