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What is the difference between sepsis and septic shock?

What is the difference between sepsis and septic shock?

Blood pressure: Sepsis is the body's generalized inflammatory state as a response to an infection. Severe sepsis is when 2 organ systems begin to fail due to sepsis. Septic shock is when you have sepsis and your blood pressure remains low despite being given adequate IV fluids. A medication called a "vasopressor" can then be required to support your blood pressure to safe levels. ...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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What is the difference between toxic shock syndrome and septic shock?

They're related.: Toxic shock syndrome is a specific cause of septic shock. Tss is caused by staph and sometimes strep bacteria which produce a toxin that can injure many organs. Septic shock is when an infection overwhelms the immune system and causes exaggerated inflammation usually due to bacterial infection, but sometimes viruses or fungal infections as well. If not corrected it has a high fatality rate. ...Read more

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Are overwhelming mennigicoccal sepsis and septic shock similar type of illness? They both are a result of bacteria and infections?

Similar: Septic shock can occur with many types of bacteria including Meningococcal bacteria, other bacteria, fungal infections and even viruses. They have in common an overwhelming immune response which causes innocent bystander damage to normal organ function. ...Read more

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My father is recovering from severe sepsis and septic shock. Attack was post uti, but otherwise out of the blue. Back home. Any precautions now?

My father is recovering from severe sepsis and septic shock. Attack was post uti, but otherwise out of the blue. Back home. Any precautions now?

Prevention is key: I'm glad to hear he has done well, recovered and is back home. There shouldn't be any special precautions other than preventing recurrence of a severe uti, or getting treatment for it as soon as it appears. Prevention will depend on the cause of UTI (stones, retention from bph, instrumentation, etc). In general, he should drink plenty of fluids and follow up with his primary doctor. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I was just wondering how long it would take for sepsis to develop into septic shock?

What do you advise if I was just wondering how long it would take for sepsis to develop into septic shock?

Depends...: The length of time between sepsis and septic shock is variable and it depends on what organism is causing the sepsis since some organisms are more virulent than others. It also depends on the treatment of the sepsis. If proper anti microbial therapy is given, the sepsis will not continue on to septic shock. ...Read more

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What will your CBC show if you are in sepsis or septic shock?

What will your CBC show if you are in sepsis or septic shock?

Low or high count: The white count can be high (most common), normal, or low (worst prognosis). It is one of the criteria used to define the syndrome (low or high white count), so it is routinely checked in the severely ill. ...Read more

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What does your CBC look like when you are in sepsis or septic shock?

Varies: White cell count could be low, high or normal. Hemoglobin is likely to be low or dropping. Immature and damaged cells are noted. There is something called a left shift, a change in the relative proportions of different white cells. Bandemia may be noted. Platelets high, normal, or low. ...Read more

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Elderly incontinent diabetic paralysed from waist down - no cathethar develops sepsis then septic shock vomitting, cd it hve taken months to progr?

Taken what?: I am assuming you are referring to her sepsis, in which case the answer is no, sepsis doesn't last for months. Chronic urinary tract infections exist but are uncommon unless there is a resistant organism present. ...Read more

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My father is just about recovering from a severe sepsis infection that included septic shock. Still has low grade fever. How long does recovery take?

My father is just about recovering from a severe sepsis infection that included septic shock. Still has low grade fever. How long does recovery take?

Sepsis: It can certainly depend on the etiology of the sepsis and the degree of organ dysfunction that occurred. Some recover fully, some take weeks, some never quite recover organ function and cardiac, pulmonary, brain and kidney function may be impaired afterwards. If he is still with fever days/weeks into therapy, I would make sure he has been evaluated for endocarditis with blood cultures and an echo. ...Read more

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My dad died of bowel injury sepsis septic shock. Doc hid all and said dad had heart attack natural causes, pathologist in on it... public inquiry and

My dad died of bowel injury sepsis septic shock. Doc hid all and said dad had heart attack natural causes, pathologist in on it... public inquiry and

This is a serious: Allegation. I recommend that you report your concerns to your local medical society and/or the medical licensing board. They can initiate an independent investigation of your father's medical records and of his doctor's conduct and abilities. While sadly this won't bring your father back, it may prevent harm to someone else in the future. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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A female mid 50's has been in a coma for 6 years now. Septic shock was the cause of the coma. Are there successful new treatments for this?

A female mid 50's has been in a coma for 6 years now. Septic shock was the cause of the coma. Are there successful new treatments for this?

Probably not: If she has been in a coma for the last six years due to septic shock, unfortunately, it is unlikely that she will recover. As far as I know, there are no new treatments for prolonged comas such as this. ...Read more

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My mom was dx'd in april 2012 with septic shock. Fully recovered now, how long can she still die from this? She was in icu and hospital for mos.

My mom was dx'd in april 2012 with septic shock. Fully recovered now, how long can she still die from this? She was in icu and hospital for mos.

Not likely: She had a serious illness related to infection with prolonged recovery and now improved. She has no current risk of dying from that event. Her health status however is likely changed. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I'm going into septic shock?

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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How can you tell if someone is going into septic shock?

How can you tell if someone is going into septic shock?

Examination and labs: Septic shock is a life threatening cardiovascular collapse caused by many infections. Early stages can be detected by an experienced dr. Evaluating vital signs, examination, and biochemical changes detectable in blood work. Late stages anyone can diagnose but often too late. Icu care is mandatory. ...Read more

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What is the rate of survival for people who develop septic shock?

60%: It is very variable, with many factors playing a role. Concomitant conditions and age are also major factors, though most studies have around a 40 percent mortality on average. ...Read more

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Are there lingering effects from septic shock after you get better?

Are there lingering effects from septic shock after you get better?

Septic shock: Septic shock can be fully recovered from without long term problems. However, depending upon the comorbid conditions and complications experienced during septic shock, people are at risk for long term issues. These might include residual lung, cardiac, kidney, neurologic and psychologic issues. ...Read more

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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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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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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