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Diagnostic Tests for Sepsis

Diagnostic Test list for Sepsis:

The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Sepsis includes:

  • 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
  • Blood tests
  • Urine tests
    • Urine sample for microscopy and culture. Urinary tract infection is a common case of sepsis in the elderly
    • First pass urine pcr for Chlamydia and gonorrhea, if suspect pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Faeces tests
    • Faeces sample for microscopy and culture
  • Sample of any body discharge - for microscopy and culture.
  • Swab of vaginal discharge for microscopy and culture - to test for gonorrhea and Chlamydia, if suspect pelvic inflammatory disease.
  • Swab of cervical canal and rectum for microscopy and culture to test for gonorrhea and Chlamydia, if suspect pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Radiological investigations
    • Chest X-Ray to look for signs of infection in the lungs
    • Ultrasound scan of the region of the body that suspect sepsis originates from
    • CT Scan of the region of the body that suspect sepsis originates from
  • Lumbar puncture - if suspect meningitis and lumbar puncture is not contra-indicated.
  • Catheters or cannulae whilst in hospital - should be removed for culture.

Home Diagnostic Testing

These home medical tests may be relevant to Sepsis causes:

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Sepsis:

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Conditions listing medical complications: Sepsis:

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