Sepsis: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 2/7/2020

Sepsis is a term that refers to a serious body-wide response to an infection.

Signs and symptoms of sepsis can be life-threatening. They include

  • low blood pressure,
  • chills,
  • dizziness,
  • fatigue,
  • fever,
  • flushing,
  • low body temperature,
  • shivering,
  • an altered level of consciousness or mental confusion, and
  • fast breathing.

Other associated symptoms and signs can include

  • trouble breathing or shortness of breath,
  • delirium,
  • a fast heart rate,
  • reduced urine production,
  • skin discoloration, and
  • sleepiness.

Organ dysfunction (multi-organ failure) can occur with severe sepsis.

Causes of sepsis

Any type of infection can cause sepsis, but certain bacterial and fungal infections are typical causes. People at greatest risk for sepsis include infants, the elderly, people with certain chronic conditions like diabetes or cancer, and those with weakened immune systems.

Other sepsis symptoms and signs

  • An Altered Level of Consciousness or Mental Confusion
  • Chills
  • Delirium
  • Dizziness
  • Fast Breathing
  • Fast Heart Rate
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Flushing
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Low Body Temperature
  • Reduced Urine Production
  • Shivering
  • Skin Discoloration
  • Sleepiness
  • Trouble Breathing or Shortness of Breath

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/7/2020


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