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

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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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Infection In The Blood (Definition)

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


Complete Blood Count (Definition)

Share on twitter bookmark & share printer-friendly version a complete blood count (CBC) test measures the following: •the number of red blood cells (rbc count) •the number of white blood cells (wbc count) •the total amount of hemoglobin in the blood •the fraction of the blood composed of ...Read more