septic shock


Definition of septic shock 

: a life-threatening form of sepsis that usually results from the presence of gram-negative bacteria and their toxins in the bloodstream and that is characterized especially by decreased blood flow to organs and tissues, hypotension, organ dysfunction (as of the heart, kidneys, or lungs), impaired mental state, and often multiple organ failure

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Instead, some women in the camps have relied on mystery potions or back-room abortions that can result in septic shock. New York Times, "When a Baby Is an Everyday Reminder of Rohingya Horror," 7 July 2018 Without proper treatment, sepsis can progress into septic shock, a life-threatening condition. Jamie Ballard, Good Housekeeping, "This Father of Two Nearly Died of Sepsis Caused By Biting His Nails," 4 May 2018 Eventually the infection led to septic shock and multiple organ failure, and finally to her death, the suit says. Ron Hurtibise,, "More lawsuits filed against South Florida drug maker accused of selling contaminated medicines," 29 June 2018 The cause was septic shock, said a daughter, Patricia Clem. Marc Lewis, Washington Post, "Community deaths," 13 June 2018 Chiu writes that Jeremy went into septic shock and experienced internal bleeding. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Why Rattlesnakes Are Just as Dangerous Dead or Alive," 8 June 2018 The catheter was replaced in the emergency room, but Harris went into septic shock and died May 16, 2016. Andy Marso, kansascity, "VA inflated catheter in Missouri man's penis, causing bleeding then death, suit says," 4 June 2018 Ali died on June 3, 2016 in Scottsdale, Arizona from septic shock. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Rewind: Remembering Muhammad Ali two years after his death," 3 June 2018 In 2012 Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year-old dentist, died of septic shock in Galway after being refused a termination. The Economist, "Ireland votes solidly to allow abortion," 31 May 2018

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1966, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of septic shock 

: a life-threatening severe form of sepsis that usually results from the presence of bacteria and their toxins in the bloodstream and is characterized especially by persistent hypotension with reduced blood flow to organs and tissues and often organ dysfunction

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