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Who is most likely to get sepsis?

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Anyone can get it, but certain groups of people are at greater risk. They include:

  • People whose immune systems aren't working well due to illnesses like HIV/AIDS or cancer
  • People who take drugs that suppress the immune system, like steroids and those used to prevent rejection of transplanted organs
  • Very young babies
  • The elderly, especially those with other health problems
  • People who have recently been hospitalized and/or had major surgeries
  • People with diabetes

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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