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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)

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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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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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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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?

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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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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Can anaphylaxis turn into septic shock ?

Can anaphylaxis turn into septic shock ?

Very different: Anaphylaxis is an acute allergic reaction. Sepsis is due to infection. These are two very different medical conditions. ...Read more

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Dr. Bonnie Bock
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Toxic Shock Syndrome (Definition)

Toxic shock syndrome is 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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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