Sepsis, Diagnosis (Pediatric)
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Sepsis is a serious bodily reaction to an infection. The infection that triggers sepsis may be from a bacteria, virus, or fungus. Sepsis can result from an infection in any part of the body. Infections that commonly lead to sepsis include blood, skin, lung, and urinary tract infections.
Sepsis is a medical emergency that must be treated right away in the hospital. In severe cases, it can lead to septic shock. Shock can weaken the heart and cause blood pressure to drop. This can make the body's central nervous system and organs stop working.
Other symptoms depend on the source of your child's infection.
This condition must be treated in a hospital. Based on the cause of your child's infection, he or she may be given an antibiotic, antiviral, or antifungal medicine.
These symptoms may represent a serious problem that is an emergency. Do not wait to see if the symptoms will go away. Get medical help right away. Call your local emergency services (911 in the U.S.).
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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