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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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Infection In The Blood (Definition)

Infection in the blood is also known as Sepsis. 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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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?

Yes and No: Septic shock is a result of any massive infection that drops the blood pressure down and threatens the brain and heart by massive widening of the outside blood vessels. Menningicoccal sepsis is a special type of infection that is due to a bacteria and therefore can cause septic shock. ...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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Shock (Definition)

Shock is a condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (carrying oxygen & 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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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