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I had 6 teeth pulled, and 2 days later I went into septic shock. Could there have been connection?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
7 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Removing a tooth creates an open wound.
Bacteria can easily use that opening to enter into the blood stream. Normally, the immune system with keep it in check. Some bacteria are nastier than others and harder to control.

In brief: Yes

Removing a tooth creates an open wound.
Bacteria can easily use that opening to enter into the blood stream. Normally, the immune system with keep it in check. Some bacteria are nastier than others and harder to control.
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Dr. Carlo Hatem
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Could be

Hard to say, but there could be a connection.
Need to have a thorough history and exam to help you with your answer.

In brief: Could be

Hard to say, but there could be a connection.
Need to have a thorough history and exam to help you with your answer.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Possibly

If the teeth were infected there is a greater likelihood that bacteria could have entered your blood stream and caused an infection, or if your jaw had infection when the teeth were removed.
It could also have been coincidence if another source of infection causing septic shock was identified.

In brief: Possibly

If the teeth were infected there is a greater likelihood that bacteria could have entered your blood stream and caused an infection, or if your jaw had infection when the teeth were removed.
It could also have been coincidence if another source of infection causing septic shock was identified.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Sure

Seems like dental infection and abscesses. You are lucky to survive!

In brief: Sure

Seems like dental infection and abscesses. You are lucky to survive!
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
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