When is abdominal CT scanning indicated in the workup 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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Obtain an abdominal CT scan if the patient has abdominal or flank tenderness in the setting of sepsis. Certain abdominal processes (eg, diverticular abscess, ischemic bowel, appendicitis, perinephric abscess) may necessitate urgent operative intervention.


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