How often do abdominal and GI tract infections cause septic shock and what are the common pathogens?

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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Abdominal and GI tract infections cause septic shock in 20-40% of patients. [36, 37, 38, 39] The following are the common pathogens:

  • E coli

  • Enterococcus species

  • Bacteroides fragilis

  • Acinetobacter species

  • Pseudomonas species

  • Enterobacter species

  • Salmonella species

  • Klebsiella species

  • Anaerobes


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