Sepsis Joint Pain

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Definition

Sepsis is a severe illness in which the bloodstream is overwhelmed by bacteria.


Alternative Names

Systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS)


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Sepsis is caused by a bacterial infection that can begin anywhere in the body. Common places where an infection might start include:

  • The bowel (usually seen with peritonitis)
  • The kidneys (upper urinary tract infection or pyelonephritis)
  • The lining of the brain (meningitis)
  • The liver or the gall bladder
  • The lungs (bac...
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