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Dr. William Walsh
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Infection In The Blood (Definition)

Sepsis is a condition in which a person has a blood infection, usually caused by bacteria. The bacteria get into the bloodstream and are spread all over the body. The infection plus the immune system's response to it causes the symptoms of sepsis, which include fever, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, high white ...Read more


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I don't have a spleen, what are my chances for getting systemic sepsis?

Higher but still low: There is no published data on rates of sepsis or septic shock in patients with splenectomies (or who are congenitally apslenic, or functionally asplenic from other causes); your risk is higher due to susceptibility to encapsulated organisms. Hopefully, if it was a planned splenectomy you had a pneumonia vaccine prior to your surgery. The vaccine is less useful (or even useless) afterwards. ...Read more

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My spleen was removed, am I more likely to get sepsis if I catch salmonella enteritidis?

My spleen was removed, am I more likely to get sepsis if I catch salmonella enteritidis?

Yes: But avoid eating uncooked meats and fish, and wash your veggies, and your chances of getting this are very small. ...Read more

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My spleen was removed, am I more likely to get sepsis if I catch streptococcus pneumonia?

My spleen was removed, am I more likely to get sepsis if I catch streptococcus pneumonia?

Yes: The spleen has a special role in protecting the body from pneumococcal infection, particularly in younger patients. These patients may take daily antibiotics to [prevent this problem. Check with your doctor for the right therapy. ...Read more

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What are the most common causes of baby sepsis?

What are the most common causes of baby sepsis?

Three bacteria: There are three common bacteria that cause sepsis in the neonatal. Are streptococcus. Staff aureus and neisseria all these can cause mild your infections bronchitis or in worst case is pneumonia and even meningitis. ...Read more

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What is the most common cause of neonatal sepsis?

What is the most common cause of neonatal sepsis?

Changing: Currently that is changing, probably due to preventive measures for group b streptococcus (gbs), which has been the leading cause for decades. Escherchia coli has taken over as the leading cause in premature babies while gbs still leads in full term neonates. ...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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Septic Shock (Definition)

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 ...Read more