• Consumer Health: What is sepsis?

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September is Sepsis Awareness Month, which makes it a good time learn more about this potentially life-threatening condition. Sepsis is caused by the body's response to an infection. The body normally releases chemicals into the bloodstream to fight an infection. Sepsis occurs when the body's response to these chemicals is out of balance, triggering changes that can damage multiple organ systems. If sepsis progresses to septic shock, blood pressure drops dramatically, which may lead to death. Learn more about the symptoms and risk factors for sepsis, and when you need to seek medical care.


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