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How is sepsis diagnosed?

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If your doctor believes you might have sepsis, he’ll do an exam and run tests to look for the following:

  • Bacteria in the blood or other body fluids
  • The source of the infection (he may use an X-ray, CT scan, or ultrasound)
  • A high or low white blood cell count
  • A low platelet count
  • Low blood pressure
  • Too much acid in the blood (acidosis)
  • Altered kidney or liver function

SOURCES: Scripps Research Institute: "Sepsis." Cleveland Clinic: "Sepsis Overview." National Institute of General Medical Sciences: "Sepsis Fact Sheet." MedlinePlus.gov: "Septic Shock," "Septicemia." University of Maryland Medical Center: "Sepsis-Overview." NYU Langone Medical Center: "Blood Poisoning." Institute for Transfusion Medicine: "DIC, Inflammation, Sepsis and Activated Protein C (APC)."













National Institute of General Medical Sciences: "Sepsis Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on June 27, 2020

SOURCES: Scripps Research Institute: "Sepsis." Cleveland Clinic: "Sepsis Overview." National Institute of General Medical Sciences: "Sepsis Fact Sheet." MedlinePlus.gov: "Septic Shock," "Septicemia." University of Maryland Medical Center: "Sepsis-Overview." NYU Langone Medical Center: "Blood Poisoning." Institute for Transfusion Medicine: "DIC, Inflammation, Sepsis and Activated Protein C (APC)."













National Institute of General Medical Sciences: "Sepsis Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on June 27, 2020

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