Which other studies are indicated in the workup of sepsis/septic shock?

Updated: Oct 07, 2020
  • Author: Andre Kalil, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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The following radiologic studies, as indicated, may be used to evaluate patients with suspected sepsis and septic shock:

  • Chest, abdominal, or extremity radiography

  • Abdominal ultrasonography

  • Computed tomography of the abdomen or head

A lumbar puncture/spinal fluid test is indicated in the following circumstances:

  • Clinical evidence or suspicion of meningitis

  • Clinical evidence or suspicion of encephalitis

See Workup for more detail.

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