Which infections are rarely associated with septic shock and what is a common cause of these infections?

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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Miscellaneous infections, such as CNS infections, also cause septic shock in 1-5% of patients. [36, 37, 38, 39] Neisseria meningitidis is a common cause of such infections (see the image below).

Gram stain of blood showing the presence of Neisse Gram stain of blood showing the presence of Neisseria meningitidis.

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