Lege Artis Medicinae

[SEPSIS AS A NEW DISEASE - PROBLEMS IN HUNGARY]

LUDWIG Endre

DECEMBER 20, 2004

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2004;14(12)

[In our current understanding sepsis is a systemic inflammatory response syndrome to infections mediated by cytokines, an uncontrolled progression which may result in multiorgan failure and in the final stage septic shock. There are no pathognomic clinical signs or laboratory parameters in the early stage of sepsis and the diagnosis can be easily missed if the possibility is overlooked. One of the crucial points of therapy is early diagnosis: the mortality rate of severe sepsis is about 20% and that of septic shock is about 40-50%. The cornerstones of the therapy are the eradication of the focus of sepsis (surgical intervention and antimicrobial treatment), standard intensive care and the intervention in the pathophysiological process of sepsis. For successful treatment a multidisciplinary approach is required: only the early diagnosis and the teamwork of different specialists can decrease the mortality rate that is higher in Hungary than the international average.]

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