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What is the difference between toxic shock syndrome and septic shock?

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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Dr. William Walsh
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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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Are sepsis and toxic shock syndrome the same?

Are sepsis and toxic shock syndrome the same?

Not exactly: Toxic shock syndrome is one form of severe sepsis associated with staphyloccus superantigen; it goes beyond mere sepsis and septic shock in that the bacterial toxin results in direct injury rather than simply inciting the bodies immune system to go beyond the call of duty. Wikipedia's page: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/toxic_shock_syndrome is a reasonable lay description of tss. ...Read more

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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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Can septic shock cause compartment syndrome?

Can septic shock cause compartment syndrome?

Intraabdominal: There is a very rare problem where patients develop intra abdominal compartment syndrome but usually it relates to a severe trauma. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many times can you suffer from septic shock?

Can you let me know how many times can you suffer from septic shock?

No telling: The reasons that lead to septic shock are multiple and include several variable factors. The type of infection, the severity of exposure, the virulence of the bug, and your immune system and it's ability to react appropriately. ...Read more

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What to do if i survived septic shock what should I be concerned with in the short term?

What to do if i survived septic shock what should I be concerned with in the short term?

Congratulations!: First of all, congratulations on surviving septic shock. That is great! in the short term, focus on your recovery, and if you need physical rehab, definitely go and get it. But, septic shock can be very deadly. So, the fact that you are well enough to ask this question, is awesome! ...Read more

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Can cellulite lead to septic shock?

Can cellulite lead to septic shock?

No: Cellulites is a term used to refer to the rippling or wavelike fat deposits on the thighs. Cellulitis is an infected red area, that can progress locally or can cause widespread infection or sepsis. ...Read more

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Can septic shock make a man infirtile?

Can septic shock make a man infirtile?

Absolutely. : Yes it can. If it caused lack of blood flow to the testes. ...Read more

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What are various causes of septic shock?

Septic shock: Septic shock is a form of shock caused by an infectious organism. Typically, this is a bacteria (and there are a variety of these), and a person's susceptibility to these may be influenced by co-morbid medical problems like diabetes. Fungal organisms also cause sepsis, and viruses produce a sepsis syndrome as well. There are other causes of shock that mimic sepsis. ...Read more

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Are there long term effects after surviving septic shock?

Are there long term effects after surviving septic shock?

Septic shock: Patients who survive septic shock or any critical illness have the potential (but not definite) for long term sequelae. Part of this is determined by complications experienced during sepsis, such as respiratory, heart, or renal failure, neurological complications, problems with blood flow to extremities and risk of gangrene. Patients may also experience post traumatic stress disorder. ...Read more

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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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Chances of survival of patient with severely septic and septic shock?

Not good: Cannot give you a number, but the prognosis is bleak. Depends on the age of the patient, cause for sepsis (what started the infection), co-morbidity (other diseases the patient might have-in this case pf sepsis, diabetes would be bad to have). ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is septic shock, and how would you know?

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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How long does it take for gangrene to go from dry to wet to septic shock to death?

How long does it take for gangrene to go from dry to wet to septic shock to death?

There is no set time: ...& can vary from hours to never. Gangrenous tissue should be surgically removed as soon as it is medically safe to do so(i.e., when anesthesia, if needed, can be tolerated) and something can be done to protect the raw tissue that's left behind- unless infection has already started in which case it's even more urgent and no longer as important to worry about covering the raw tissue right away. ...Read more

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If muriatic acid gets into the bloos stream can it lead to septic shock?

If muriatic acid gets into the bloos stream can it lead to septic shock?

No: Septic shock is usually reserved for shock related to infection . Muriatic acid(hydrochloric acid) in high concentration IV is lethal. However in severe alkalemic states extremely dilute muriatic acid can improve the homeodtasis of the body. ...Read more

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Septic shock: what is the typical recovery period after being stabilized?

Depends: Depends on the patient's severity of disease, e.g. Number of organ systems affected; age and comorbidities. Normally, the patient will spend a few days on the general medical ward after being discharged from the ICU and then go to rehab for 2-3 weeks. But these are just very general guidelines. ...Read more

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Due to septic shock the patient is not recovering there is high amount os swelling?

Due to septic shock the patient is not recovering there is high amount os swelling?

Hypermetabolic: When patients are septic they develop increased metabolic rates and are unable to produce protein in normal amounts. This leads to swelling. Over time this will resolve. ...Read more

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Can someone explain to me how come patients with septic shock be treated with insulin and corticosteroids?

Can someone explain to me how come patients with septic shock be treated with insulin and corticosteroids?

To improve survival: Steroids may be used in septic shock that persists despite max support. The adrenal may suffer during shock and glucose metabolism is off , necessitating Insulin especially when giving steroids. The steroids are in low to intermediate dose. High dose steroids in septic shock are associated with higer mortality. ...Read more

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Dr. Bonnie Bock
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Toxic Shock Syndrome (Definition)

A rare but serious disease due to a bacterial infection. It is often linked to the use of tampons and various female contraceptives such as the diaphragm. Symptoms often include fever, feeling faint, diarrhea, muscle ...Read more


Dr. William Walsh
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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