Life after Sepsis – Australian Sepsis Network

Life after SepsisMany people who survive severe sepsis recover completely and their lives return to normal. But some people, especially those who had pre-existing chronic diseases, may experience permanent organ damage.For example, in someone who already has kidney impairment, sepsis can lead to kidney failure that requires lifelong dialysis. Patients who have the extremely severe septic shock may develop gangrene necessitating the amputation of digits (fingers or toes) or even partial or complete amputation of limbs.Other patients who have not experienced the most catastrophic complications of sepsis may still feel their longer term health has suffered as a result of contracting sepsis.Doctors increasingly recognise that this represents a post-sepsis syndrome, the common problems that afflict those who have recovered from sepsis have been termed the post-sepsis syndrome.

Source: Life after Sepsis – Australian Sepsis Network

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