What is systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) in 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 term systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) was developed in an attempt to describe the clinical manifestations that result from the systemic response to infection (fever or hypothermia, tachycardia, tachypnea, and hyperleukocytosis or leukopenia).


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