What causes bacterial sepsis?

Updated: Feb 05, 2019
  • Author: Amber Mahmood Bokhari, MBBS; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Sepsis can be caused by an obvious injury or infection or a more complicated etiology such as perforation, compromise, or rupture of an intra-abdominal or pelvic structure. [4] Other etiologies can include meningitis, head and neck infections, deep neck space infections, pyelonephritis, renal abscess (intrarenal or extrarenal), acute prostatitis/prostatic abscess, severe skin or skin structure infections (eg, necrotizing fasciitis), postsurgical infections, or systemic infections such as rickettsial infection. A more detailed discussion of sepsis etiology in various organ systems is provided in Etiology.


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