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How is sepsis treated?

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Once your doctor knows for sure what’s causing your sepsis, he’ll put you on medicine that targets that specific germ. Often, doctors prescribe vasopressors (drugs that cause the blood vessels to narrow) to improve blood pressure.

If your case is severe, you might need other types of treatment, like a breathing machine or kidney dialysis. Sometimes, surgery is needed to drain or clean an infection.

From: What is Sepsis? WebMD Medical Reference

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 Minesh Khatri on May 7, 2019

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 Minesh Khatri on May 7, 2019

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