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Is the source of infection always found in sepsis?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Arnon Rubin
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: No
Often the source of infection is not clearly identified and more than 1/3 the time the specific organism/ bug causing the sepsis is never identified.
Often treatment/antbiotics fix the problem before source/organism can be clearly identified.

In brief: No
Often the source of infection is not clearly identified and more than 1/3 the time the specific organism/ bug causing the sepsis is never identified.
Often treatment/antbiotics fix the problem before source/organism can be clearly identified.
Dr. Arnon Rubin
Dr. Arnon Rubin
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Dr. William Goldsmith
Critical Care
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
When patients present with sepsis the goal is early antibiotic therapy with broad spectrum antibiotics.
If cultures are not drawn before the antibiotics are given it may be difficult to make a definitive diagnosis.

In brief: No
When patients present with sepsis the goal is early antibiotic therapy with broad spectrum antibiotics.
If cultures are not drawn before the antibiotics are given it may be difficult to make a definitive diagnosis.
Dr. William Goldsmith
Dr. William Goldsmith
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Dr. Gutti Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
In brief: Not always
Sometimes it is difficult to find the source, sometimes we may have assume or guess even after doing many tests.

In brief: Not always
Sometimes it is difficult to find the source, sometimes we may have assume or guess even after doing many tests.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao
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