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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

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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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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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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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?

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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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 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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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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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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What's the difference between septic shock and hypovolemic?

What's the difference between septic shock and hypovolemic?

The cause: Septic shock is shock due to bacteria in the blood stream, causing sepsis. Hypovolemic shock is due to low volume, usually blood loss. ...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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Can a septic shock patient develop osteomyelitis?

Yes: But it can go both ways, bacteremia can seed the bone or acute osteomyelitis can cause bacteremia. ...Read more

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What could get in your blood stream and cause septic shock?

Sepsis: Any bacteria/mold/ fungus/ parasite. The blood is sterile and compromise of its sterility is a risk factor for developing septic shock. ...Read more

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Is it possible to survive septic shock without going to the doctor?

Highly unlikely: Sepsis is a deadly syndrome that is best treated when recognized quickly by a physician. ...Read more

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How common is septic shock due to the pnuemonia and what is the treatment?

Not common: Bacterial pneumonia with bacteremia happens 20 percent of the time. However shock with sepsis occurs more rarely and usually is associated with other comorbidities. The treatment for pneumonia with septic shock is fluids, possible pressors and antibiotics. If gas exchange is markedly impaired mech ventilation is used. ...Read more

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Septic shock swelling is increasing in body and no bacteria are being found?

May be difficult: Septic shock is difficult to treat in the best of circumstances; the absence of bacteria isolated may just be because the patient is already on antibiotics. The other thing to consider with dropping blood pressure in critically ill patients if whether they have a relative adrenal insufficiency as well. ...Read more

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In a teen who almost died from septic shock, is ptsd common?

Could be: If teen was showing signs of hyper-alertness and hyper vigilance, avoidance of things associated with the event or blunted interest in rejoining life, increase anxiety, re-experiencing the event with flashbacks or bad dreams then it could well be ptsd or an acute stress reaction. The teen has lots of options that will be helpful, a primary care doctor is a good start and referral for therapy key. ...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 father survived a severe septic shock 4 months ago. For the first time since then, he has now fallen ill with a cold. No fever. Any precautions?

My father survived a severe septic shock 4 months ago. For the first time since then, he has now fallen ill with a cold. No fever. Any precautions?

Observation: Just be vigilant for worsening symptoms such as fever, lethargy, dehydration, high heart rate, difficulty breathing. Err on the side of caution in seeking medical care if you become concerned. ...Read more

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I had septic shock about a month ago! Just wondering what the chances of me now getting septic arthritis as I'm having allot of pain in my elbow?

I had septic shock about a month ago! Just wondering what the chances of me now getting septic arthritis as I'm having allot of pain in my elbow?

Septic shock: Recurrence of septic shock after having one depends on what caused the first episode. For example, if the first episode was due to a foreign source that has since been removed, the chance of recurrence is low. Certainly see your doctor soon for any concerns of recurrence as this can be life threatening. Joint pain after an ICU stay is common and this may be something unrelated to infection. ...Read more

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Can someone survive septic shock and live?

Of course: The goal of treating septic shock is ultimately survival. The best medical centers achieve survival rates for septic shock > 90%. ...Read more

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How to tell if I am going into septic shock?

You're not: When you're going into septic shock, you're usually too sick to be asking about it on a website. ...Read more

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What happens when people go into septic shock?

What happens when people go into septic shock?

Inflammation: Septic shock causes wide spread inflammatory response in the body which can be fatal. It causes low blood pressure and poor perfusion through out the body causing damage to multiple organ systems. It can cause respiratory failure by pouring fluid into the air sacs in the lungs (adult respiratory distress syndrome) and can also cause weakening heart pump function furthere complicating matters. ...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


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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