How common is kidney failure with sepsis?

Common. Usually is related to decrease of BP associated with sepsis. However, it sometimes occurs without significant drop of BP in the context of sepsis. Usually is reversible unless sepsis is protracted where chances of recovery of renal failure start dwindling.
Uncommon. Sepsis by definition is a systemic inflammatory response with an source of infection. Organ failure is not part of this early spectrum of the pathology. Severe sepsis, then septic shock have organ failure, with kidney failure being very common. In fact, kidney dysfunction is one of the early signs of severe sepsis. Recovery of kidney failure is based on severity of illness and duration.

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This is only a general question. If an elderly pt has "kidney failure" & sepsis does the kidney failure generally make much of a difference to survivablity?

Kidney failure. Kidney failure complicates treatment of other serious illnesses. The extra metabolic demands created during serious illness can also make recovery more difficult in the face of organ failure. Experienced physicians should be able to manage this to some degree for the best possible outcome. Read more...

If a pt with CHF, kidney failure & sepsis who is nil by mouth has a random glucose that is 5.8 mmol/L & the next day is 3.1 mmol/L, does this matter?

Sepsis- it matters. Criteria for blood glucose levels to "matter", isn't based on just numbers. However, the pt is described having CHF, kidney failure, & sepsis- the pt is unlikely to be clinically improving since 3.1 (about 56 mg/dl) is below the range of normal. Infections will typically cause dysglycemia (hard to control blood sugar levels). When levels return to normal range, it signals clinical improveme. Read more...

Mum has had cellulitis a pulmonary embolism and sepsis and kidney failure. 2 years on her leg has started to get inflahigh again and is leaking fluid?

Sorry. Mom is probably in failure. Her heart and kidneys need extra help. The blood is not getting out of her legs and the liquid portion of the blood. She needs support of her heart and kidneys urgently. Read more...
Consultation advised. Would like to help you but this Q & A box isn't designed for diagnosis.There are a number of reasons for fluid accumulation in the lower extremities.Congestive heart failure, venous insufficiency and advanced kidney failure are just several of a number of causes.For specific advice an online Health Tap IN BOX text consult may be helpful. Upload full medical history and be available to reply to Dr. Read more...

If someone has septic shock and then gets kidney failure with dialysis is there any chance they will recover?

Yes. Acute kidney failure has the potential to improve. Nephrologists watch for this routinely. Recovery is most likely when the other organ systems have improved too. Read more...
Possibly. They likely have atn (acute tubular necrosis) from sepsis and septic shock, which does recover depending on if there was any kidney damage prior to the atn, age of the patient, and how long the patient is/was in septic shock. Most patients with atn do recover some if not most function. Read more...

Does dying from septic shock & kidney failure hurt?

Usually not. Shock blunts the response of the brain and when critically sick, you are usually sedated and given analgesia to relieve pain. Most patients have no recollection of when they had septic shock. Kidney failure is a typical consequence of septic shock and the previous comments apply. Read more...
Who knows? Clinical experience shows all dying persons will, as expected, struggle to cope with reality, certainty, & uncertainty for survival & continuation at the early stage of dying, gradually become less energy & ability to fight on, then lapse into coma, and finally step into eternity. What is the pace of dying? It heavily depends upon the availability of supportive care & widely vary from days to... Read more...

If someone has septic shock and kidney failure what can we do?

Pray. Septic shock leading to kidney failure is one of the most devastating medical conditions, and all such patients should be in an intensive care unit. The patient needs to be under the care of a medical team consisting of an intensivist, pulmonary, infectious disease and nephrology doctors. The mortality from this condition is over 80-90% and almost always some form of dialysis is required. Read more...
Septic shock. Septic shock should be treated in an intensive care setting becuse it is a serious problem and leads to multiple organ failure including the kidneys. The patient often reuqires respiratory and heart support with machines and medications. The renal failure often recovers with ICU care, but sometimes it may not in which case renal replacement therapy (dialysis or hemofiltration). Read more...
1 step at a time. These are worrisome problems that may not be compatible with survival. However, in an ICU setting, the team will consider each problem individually to develop the wisest strategy. Among them will be treating the septic shock source, using antibiotics, probably using artificial respiration, blood pressure support, dialysis. If overall picture is too ominous, they may advise care withdrawal. Read more...