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glossary:sepsis [2007/09/06 22:54]
Pat O'Connor
glossary:sepsis [2012/10/16 14:40] (current)
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 +====== Sepsis: ======
 + A systemic [[inflammatory]] response to an [[infection]]. Sepsis is an extreme [[immune system]] response to an infection that has spread throughout the [[blood]] and [[tissue]]s. Severe sepsis often causes extremely low [[blood pressure]], which limits [[blood]] flow to the body and can result in organ failure and death.
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 +Symptoms of sepsis include either fever or low body temperature,​ rapid breathing, chills and shaking, rapid heartbeat, decreased urine output, and confusion or delirium. ​
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 +Sepsis is most often the result of a bacterial infection, but it can also be caused by other types of infection. While sepsis can occur in people of any age, it is more common in infants, older adults, and people who have compromised immune systems.
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 +Sepsis is treated with [[antibiotic]]s,​ fluids, and medications to support blood pressure and prevent organ damage.
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 +See also: [[:​Infections Associated with Lymphedema]] and [[:​Complications of Lymphedema]]
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