Ask the Doctor: Sepsis
Sepsis is a condition where a bacteria or virus gets into a person's body and then infects their blood. It can lead to uncontrollable inflammation and cause death.
Dr. Jeremy Gonda is a local pulmonologist. He can answer your questions about sepsis starting at 5 p.m. Just call 858-2222.
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 entire 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 also cause organ dysfunction or shock. Sepsis requires immediate medical care.