Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that occurs when an infecting agent - such as bacteria, virus, or fungus - gets into a person's bloodstream. The infection activates the immune system, which then sets off a chain reaction of events that can lead to uncontrolled inflammation in the body. This whole-body response to infection produces changes in temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, white blood cell count, and breathing. More severe forms of sepsis can cause organ dysfunction or shock. Sepsis requires immediate medical care. Follow the links below to find BootsWebMD's comprehensive coverage about how sepsis develops, what happens to the body, how it’s treated, and much more.
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