How is echocardiography used in the assessment 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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Echocardiography has a number of uses in assessing patients with septic shock and may be considered. [67] This imaging modality can provide a comprehensive cardiac evaluation in patients with hemodynamic instability and can be helpful for guiding fluid therapy and monitoring treatment effects. Other conditions that can be assessed include sepsis-induced myocardial dysfunction, right heart failure, dynamic left ventricular obstruction, and tamponade. [67]


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