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What can you expect life to be like post-septic shock?

What can you expect life to be like post-septic shock?

No problems to coma: Very variable recovery but the younger patients can do very well and be normal. Damage to many tissues will heal (brain doesn't do well after major injury). ...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 someone survive septic shock and live?

Of course: The goal of treating septic shock is ultimately survival. The best medical centers achieve survival rates for septic shock > 90%. ...Read more

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How to tell if I am going into septic shock?

You're not: When you're going into septic shock, you're usually too sick to be asking about it on a website. ...Read more

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What happens when people go into septic shock?

What happens when people go into septic shock?

Inflammation: Septic shock causes wide spread inflammatory response in the body which can be fatal. It causes low blood pressure and poor perfusion through out the body causing damage to multiple organ systems. It can cause respiratory failure by pouring fluid into the air sacs in the lungs (adult respiratory distress syndrome) and can also cause weakening heart pump function furthere complicating matters. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to get septic shock again?

Is it possible for you to get septic shock again?

Yes: Septic shock can happen each time you have severe infection if not treated on timely fashion and the immune system is suppressed. ...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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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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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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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?

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?

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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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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Can anaphylaxis turn into septic shock?

Can anaphylaxis turn into septic shock?

Very different: Anaphylaxis is an acute allergic reaction. Sepsis is due to infection. These are two very different medical conditions. ...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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What is hemorrhagic shock, compared to septic shock?

What is hemorrhagic shock, compared to septic shock?

Blood loss v Infectn: Hemorrhagic shock is shock due to blood loss. Septic shock is shock due to infection. ...Read more

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What is septic shock?

What is septic shock?

Cytokines: 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. ...Read more

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Could you survive septic shock?

Yes: 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. ...Read more

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What can be done for septic shock?

Many things: 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. ...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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How can pneumoniagive someone septic shock?

Spread of infection: The bacteria that causes pneumonia spreads to the blood stream, it releases toxins that interfere with circulation, blood clotting and many organ functions. Treatment is antibiotics and support as required (ventilator, dialysis etc.) until the patient recovers. ...Read more

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How likely is someone to go into septic shock?

Depends: On their age, sex, smoking status, whether or not they have diabetes, cancer, take immune suppressant drugs, their nutritional status, as well as the nature of any infecting agent, if they are wounded, if they have insurance or access to medical care... The so called average person will likely never go into septic shock, but. .. There is no average person. ...Read more

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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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What is the definition or description of: Septic shock?

Septic shock: 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 respiratory failure or death. ...Read more

Dr. William Walsh
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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


Dr. William Walsh
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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