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What is septic pneumonia?

What is septic pneumonia?

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

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Pneumonia (Definition)

An inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more


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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?

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?

Pneumonia: Perhaps. Do not smoke, or use drugs. Eat a healthy diet. Avoid second hand smoke and any chemical lung irritants. Exercise in clean air areas (not in traffic areas). If you have asthma, see an allergist. ...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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Found out 3 yo has bacterial pneumonia today. Thought it was virus for 5 days. Is that long enough to go untreated to turn septic? I'm very worried

Found out 3 yo has bacterial pneumonia today. Thought it was virus for 5 days. Is that long enough to go untreated to turn septic? I'm very worried

Depends on variables: It is not unusual for a respiratory virus to eventually lead to a bacterial pneumonia, otitis media or sinusitis. When it does it is usually marked by an obvious change in the kids symptoms. If your doc treated this as an outpatient, as many are, it is not that serious. Sometimes we treat as an inpatient if they are not taking fluids well. I can't recall any pneumonia I've treated going septic. ...Read more

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My child was diagnosis with bacterial pneumonia today. We thought it was virus x5 days. Started abx today. He's tired today. Could it have turned septic?

My child was diagnosis with bacterial pneumonia today. We thought it was virus x5 days. Started abx today. He's tired today. Could it have turned septic?

Pneumonia: Sepsis--bacteria in the blood--is certainly a complication of bacterial pneumonia in children but is rare these days due to vaccination andif course antibiotics. Fighting an infection is hard work for the body and children are often tired and I'll even for a little while after starting antibiotics. But that said, if you are worried he is worse, call your pediatrician right away. ...Read more

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Narcotic pneumonia 6yrs ago. Multi organ failure septic shock. Bronchoscopy done everything normal. Cough up mucus still and get breathless.?

Narcotic pneumonia 6yrs ago. Multi organ failure septic shock. Bronchoscopy done everything normal. Cough up mucus still and get breathless.?

Mgt: The severity of your pneumonia was significant and can lead to changes of airway structure. One possible diagnosis is bronchiectasis. I would suggest a sputum culture and TB skin test, in addition to a HRCT of your chest to evaluate. A virtual appointment is also available for further details and to review uploaded results. ...Read more

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4 year old girl with streptococcus pneumonia with septic shock. What is the survival chance? Blood transfusions, glucose levels high 300s, low potas

4 year old girl with streptococcus pneumonia with septic shock. What is the survival chance? Blood transfusions, glucose levels high 300s, low potas

Pneumococ. Pneumonia: I am so sorry to hear about your daughter's critical illness. The mortality rate in septic shock is very high but let me give you some pointers about the condition. My search (chest. 2004;126 (1) tells me that septic shock occurring within 24 hrs of admission is worse but has 63% chance of recovery compared to 88% if onset was after 24 hrs.
We need lots of prayers and hope for her recovery. ...Read more

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Mom 58 in ICU Pneumonia/Septic in body. Sick 2 weeks w/o treatment. Weak immune system due to past Cirrhosis, DVT's, Cancer, meningitis, hear attack.?

Mom 58 in ICU Pneumonia/Septic in body. Sick 2 weeks w/o treatment. Weak immune system due to past Cirrhosis, DVT's, Cancer, meningitis, hear attack.?

What is?: First off, let me say I am sorry to hear how sick your mother is. She has underlying issues to fight it sounds like. I know this is tough for you. I, however, do not know what your question is... ...Read more

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How common is septic shock due to the pnuemonia and what is the treatment?

How common is septic shock due to the pnuemonia and what is the treatment?

Not common: Bacterial pneumonia with bacteremia happens 20 percent of the time. However shock with sepsis occurs more rarely and usually is associated with other comorbidities. The treatment for pneumonia with septic shock is fluids, possible pressors and antibiotics. If gas exchange is markedly impaired mech ventilation is used. ...Read more

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What is. The. Prognosis for a esrd patient with diabetes, and septic arthritis, pneumonia and went into cardiac arrest?

What is. The. Prognosis for a esrd patient with diabetes, and septic arthritis, pneumonia and went into cardiac arrest?

Difficult to manage: The description given puts this person in a very critical situation. What is described appears to have overwhelming infection that is overwhelming the body's ability to sustain itself. There is hope if the patient did not damage the brain when the heart stopped and the infection can be eradicated. Even if this person should recover, the long term prognosis would be poor for good quality of life. ...Read more

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What is the biological definition of septic?

What is the biological definition of septic?

Infected tissue: In biology this it is defined as tissue infected or festering with bacteria ...Read more

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What is septic blood?

What is septic blood?

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

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Is listerine bad for my septic system?

Is listerine bad for my septic system?

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

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How do you diagnose septic arthristis?

How do you diagnose septic arthristis?

Culture: The fluid from the infected hip joint has to be cultured. This can be done by aspiration under ultrasound or x-ray imaging. Sometimes open surgery is necessary to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How common can cellulitis become septic?

How common can cellulitis become septic?

Cellulitis: Cellulitis is an inflammation of the skin; the usual reference to this term is that the inflammation is caused from a bacterium. If the infection becomes overwhelming, the bacteria works it's way into the bloodstream resulting in sepsis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of septic arthristis?

What are the symptoms of septic arthristis?

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

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Individual home septic systems generally do not involve?

Individual home septic systems generally do not involve?

Re-ask: I believe that part of this question was cut off. Please reask with clarification. ...Read more

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What does it mean to be medically septic?

What does it mean to be medically septic?

Severe illness: Sepsis is when a bacterial infection gets into the blood system and spreads the infection to the whole body. Septic shock occurs when the blood pressure drops and pulse goes up. Very dangerous and can be lethal. ...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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Can good bacteria become septic?

Can good bacteria become septic?

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

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What can be done for septic shock?

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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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 can pneumoniagive someone septic shock?

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 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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Can antibacteria soap harm my septic system?

Septic systems: Per Cornell University Cooperative Extension: “Don’t flush antibiotics, other prescription drugs, or over-the-counter medicines into the septic system.” "Moderate use of household cleaners, disinfectants,
detergents, or bleaches will do little harm to the septic system itself, though it may impact the
environment beyond your drainfield." See: http://waterquality. Cce. Cornell. Edu/septic/archive/C ...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 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?

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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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