Septic shock is a severe and potentially life-threatening medical condition that occurs as a complication of an infection. It is characterized by a systemic response of the body to an overwhelming infection, leading to a cascade of events that can cause multiple organ failure and a significant decrease in blood pressure. Septic shock is considered a medical emergency and requires prompt and intensive medical intervention.
Here’s an overview of the key aspects of septic shock:
Signs and Symptoms
The most important signs and symptoms of septic shock include:
This is one of the most common symptoms of septic shock, but it is absent in the case of immunodepression. There’s a hypothalamic dysfunction in sepsis, and the patient loses the ability to maintain a normal temperature. Heat loss and heat production balance are dysregulated, and the onset of fever can be gradual or abrupt.