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
- 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:
The following list of conditions
have 'Sepsis' or similar
listed as a symptom in our database.
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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.
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