Sepsis: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

March 11, 2016
Sepsis occurs when the body creates an overwhelming response to an infection, and chemicals released into the bloodstream cause inflammation. Credit: Shutterstock
Sepsis occurs when the body creates an overwhelming response to an infection, and chemicals released into the bloodstream cause inflammation. Credit: Shutterstock

When the body gets an infection, the immune system normally works to fight it in order to make the body healthy again. Sometimes, though, the body overreacts. Sepsis is the body's overwhelming and life-threatening response to an infection. It can cause tissue damage, organ failure and death.

"While any type of infection — bacterial, viral or fungal — can lead to sepsis, the most common varieties include pneumonia, abdominal infection (i.e. diverticulitis, appendicitis, or gall bladder infections), kidney and urinary tract infections, and primary bloodstream infections (bacteremia),”"said Dr. Niket Sonpal, an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Harlem Campus.

Source: Live Science