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What is the difference between sepsis and septic shock?

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Dr. Seth Akst
Anesthesiology
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Seth Akst
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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
3 doctors agree

In brief: Collapse

Sepsis occurs when the bacteria is able to reach the blood stream. Septic shock occurs when, as a result of sepsis, the blood pressure collapses and the cardiovascular system fails.

In brief: Collapse

Sepsis occurs when the bacteria is able to reach the blood stream. Septic shock occurs when, as a result of sepsis, the blood pressure collapses and the cardiovascular system fails.
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