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Difference between Sepsis and Septic Shock

by Lisa Brandt, Sepsis Expert
October 19, 2017

Question: I am confused between sepsis and septic shock. What’s the difference?

Answer: Sepsis can cause septic shock. Think of septic shock as advanced sepsis. It's often the point of no return for recovery. When sepsis isn't treated it can cause dangerously low blood pressure, and it's life threatening. That's why it's so important to learn the symptoms of sepsis and to know that it's a possibility so you can ask a doctor, could this be or lead to sepsis? It cannot and does not reverse itself and immediate treatment is vital to prevent sepsis from becoming septic shock.

Lisa Brandt is a broadcaster and author of "My Sepsis Story - How I Almost Died and You Don't Have To".

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