Which patient groups require more intensive evaluation for 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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Patients at the extremes of age, patients with immunosuppression, and patients with diabetes may present with sepsis or other complications of infection without meeting SIRS criteria.

Pregnant patients require intensive evaluation because of the presence of two patients, as well as the propensity of uncontrolled inflammation to lead to preterm labor.


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