What Is Sepsis?

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs.

This immune system overreaction can lead to widespread inflammation and blood clotting with severe and lifelong consequences, even death. Unfortunately, sepsis moves fast. If not treated quickly, it can lead to severe sepsis and septic shock.

During severe sepsis, the body’s response interferes with the normal functions of vital organs like the heart, lungs, liver and kidneys. When severe sepsis becomes the type of septic shock that Muhammad Ali experienced, it produces a dangerous drop in blood pressure that prevents these vital organs from receiving oxygen. In addition, if a surgical incision on a limb becomes infected and leads to sepsis, it can result in amputation.

Sepsis is just as serious as a heart attack or stroke. It’s an emergency that requires immediate care from a medical provider.

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.