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Septic Shock

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

Septic shock is a condition caused by a serious infection that involves the blood.

What is going on in the body?

Shock is a word used to describe a certain abnormal state in the body. In this state, the body's circulation does not supply enough blood and oxygen to vital organs, such as the kidneys and the brain. Shock can have several different causes. One of the causes of shock is sepsis, a serious infection that involves the blood. This type of shock is known as septic shock.

What are the causes and risks of the condition?

An infection almost anywhere in the body can spread into the bloodstream and cause septic shock. Most cases start as infections in the lungs, kidney, or gut. Sometimes, the original source of the infection cannot be identified.

The primary risk of septic shock is death. Lung, heart, kidney, brain, and other organ damage may also occur. This damage is often reversible with treatment, though it can be permanent in severe cases.


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Septic Shock: Symptoms & Signs

Author: Adam Brochert, MD
Reviewer: William M. Boggs, MD
Date Reviewed: 05/03/01

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