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Sepsis: Introduction

Sepsis: The presence of microorganisms in the blood circulation. See detailed information below for a list of 42 causes of Sepsis, Symptom Checker, Assessment Questionnaire, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Causes of Sepsis:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Sepsis. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Sepsis

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Causes of Types of Sepsis:

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Sepsis: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Sepsis, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Sepsis Treatments

Some of the possible treatments listed in sources for treatment of Sepsis may include:

  • Ventilatory support with supplemental oxygen therapy
  • Aggressive fluid resuscitation and support of cardiac output
  • Maintenance of adequate hemoglobin concentration
  • Correction of physiologic and metabolic derangements
  • Monitoring of urine output and other end-organ functioning is vital
  • Ampicillin
  • Principen
  • more treatments...»

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Stories from Users for Sepsis

Real-life user stories relating to Sepsis:

Message Boards for Sepsis

Symptom specific forums: The following patient stories in our interactive forums and message boards relate to Sepsis or relevant symptoms:

Diagnostic tests for Sepsis:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Sepsis. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Blood pressure. Reduced blood pressure is a late sign in septic shock. In the young and fit, the blood pressure may remain normal
    • Temperature. Temperature may be elevated initially, but may be reduced in later stages of septic shock. Lowered temperature is particularly common in very young or elderly people with septic shock
    • Heart rate. Elevated heart rate is a reliable sign of septic shock in the young. It is not so reliable in the elderly or in people taking beta blocker or calcium blocker blood pressure medication
    • Look for signs that the vital organs are not adequately supplied with blood flow due to septic shock - e.g. low blood pressure, rapid heart rate, pale mottled skin, restlessness, reduced level of consciousness and poor urine output.
    • Hands and feet feel warm in septic shock
    • Full physical examination looking for signs of infection such as pneumonia, cellulitis, meningitis
  • more tests...»

Sepsis: Animations

Medications or substances causing Sepsis:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Sepsis as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Sepsis: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Sepsis may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Sepsis

Research the causes of these symptoms that are similar to, or related to, the symptom Sepsis:

Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Sepsis. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

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Sepsis: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Sepsis

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Sepsis: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Definitions of Sepsis:

The presence of pus-forming bacteria or their toxins in the blood or tissues
- (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Organs affected by Sepsis:

The list of organs typically affected by Sepsis may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Sepsis

The list below shows some of the causes of Sepsis mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Sepsis?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Sepsis. Of the 42 causes of Sepsis that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 0 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 1 causes are "common" diseases
  • 2 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 6 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 35 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Sepsis:

The following list of conditions have 'Sepsis' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Sepsis:

The following list of medical conditions have Sepsis or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.















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Causes of Sepsis Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Sepsis based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?
  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Sepsis?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Sepsis, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    Classifications of Sepsis:

    Medical Conditions associated with Sepsis:

    Blood symptoms (2297 causes), Infection-related symptoms (1293 causes), Inflammatory symptoms (1736 causes), Abnormal blood test symptoms (1538 causes)

    Symptoms related to Sepsis:

    Bacteremia, Bacterial infection, Birth Injury, Brain conditions, Campylobacter fetus infection, Caroli Disease, Colchicine toxicity, Congenital megalo-ureter, Congenital microvillous atrophy

    Medical articles on signs and symptoms:

    Doctor-patient articles related to symptoms and diagnosis:

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