What Are the Complications of Sepsis?

Sepsis can lead to severe complications, many of them due to reduced blood flow to vital organs, including your brain, kidneys, and heart.The reduced blood flow caused by sepsis can lead to blood clots in your organs or extremities (limbs, fingers, and toes).Depending on where these clots form, they may cause organ failure or lead to gangrene, requiring amputation of the affected limb, toe, or finger.

Occasionally, sepsis leads to bleeding rather than clotting.Although most people can recover from a mild case of sepsis, the mortality rate for the most severe form of sepsis — septic shock — is almost 40 percent.People who survive severe sepsis may be at higher risk for sepsis in the future.

The most serious complication resulting from sepsis is organ damage and possibly tissue death. From the impaired blood flow throughout the body, blood clots could form in the organs and any limbs, leading to these two complications. Another possible complication from sepsis is a permanently weakened immune system, making you more susceptible to further infections in the future.


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