Sepsis is an extreme immune system response to an infection that
has spread throughout the blood and tissues. Severe sepsis, also called septic shock, often causes
extremely low blood pressure, which limits blood flow to the body and can
result in organ failure and death.
Symptoms of sepsis include either fever or low body temperature,
rapid breathing, chills and shaking, rapid heartbeat, decreased urine output,
and confusion or delirium.
Sepsis is most often the result of a bacterial infection, but it
can also be caused by other types of infection. Sepsis can occur in
people of any age, but it is more common in infants, older adults, and people who
have compromised immune systems.
Sepsis is treated with antibiotics, fluids, and medicines to
support blood pressure and prevent organ damage.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerAvery L. Seifert, MD - Urology Elizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal Medicine