Which studies are performed in the workup of multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS) in sepsis?

Updated: Jan 27, 2020
  • Author: Ali H Al-Khafaji, MD, MPH, FACP, FCCP, FCCM; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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Laboratory tests are useful in cases of suspected sepsis or septic shock to assess the general hematologic and metabolic condition of the patient. The microbiologic studies provide results that may indicate occult bacterial infection or bacteremia and identify the causative pathogen or pathogens.

Various imaging modalities are employed to diagnose clinically suspected focal infection, detect the presence of a clinically occult focal infection, and evaluate complications of sepsis and septic shock.


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