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What Does It Mean When A Person Is Septic
Kidney infection: If the infection in the kidney is not well treated, then it is likely that infection can spread via blood stream, to other regions of the body. ...Read more
My results for my recent ultrasound are that I have a septic cyst on my left kidney & a remarkable bladder. What does this mean?
'Remarkable': bladder is probably a typo and really means 'unremarkable', which is normal. The septated kdney cyst may or mat not be significant. If the septation is thin, it is likely nothing to worry about. If it is thick or irregular, it is more concerning. Speak with your doctor to get the details. ...Read more
Inadequate blood flo: In septic shock, the event triggers a profound change in blood distribution. Blood pressure drops. Blood is no longer able to circulate and bathe the cells in nutrients or oxygen in adequate amounts to keep them functioning. Kidneys, heart, brain all begin shutting down as their fuel supply declines. At some point, the heart will fail to maintain a proper rhythm and quit. ...Read more
Depends: Depends on the age and overall health of the patient, but most likely, not very long. There is no set number of days, weeks, or months. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Re-ask: I believe that part of this question was cut off. Please reask with clarification. ...Read more
No: It can harm the septic system.Get a more detailed answer ›
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?
What happens if I accidentally flushed nuvaring down the toilet? Will it get caught or hurt the septic system? Should I put in a new one right away?
Won't hurt: The septic system. Check the vaginal area and make sure it is not still in. If it is not time for your week off put in another one. ...Read more
Septic joints: A septic joint is almost always very swollen, very painful, red and hot. The exception would be a patient who is immuno-compromised as they could have an infection without such severe symptoms ...Read more
Yes: The difference between "good" and "bad" bacteria is those which are normally with us and don't cause us problems vs those that normally cause us problems. However, no bacteria are ever normally in our bloodstream. As a result, if some of our "good" bacteria from our gut were to enter our bloodstream, we could become septic and very sick. ...Read more
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
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