How often do soft-tissue 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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Soft-tissue infections cause septic shock in 5-10% of patients. [36, 37, 38, 39] The following are the common pathogens:

  • S aureus

  • Staphylococcus epidermidis

  • Streptococci

  • Clostridium species

  • Gram-negative bacteria

  • Anaerobes

  • Fungi


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