What are potential complications in systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS)?

Updated: May 07, 2018
  • Author: Lewis J Kaplan, MD, FACS, FCCM, FCCP; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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Potential complications include the following:

  • Respiratory failure, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), and nosocomial pneumonia

  • Renal failure

  • Stress ulcers

  • Superinfection

  • Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding and stress gastritis

  • Anemia

  • DVT

  • Intravenous catheter–related bacteremia

  • Electrolyte abnormalities

  • Hyperglycemia

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