What is the prognosis of bacterial sepsis in patients with abnormal host immune response?

Updated: Feb 05, 2019
  • Author: Amber Mahmood Bokhari, MBBS; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Abnormal host immune responses may increase susceptibility to severe disease and mortality. For example, extremes of temperature and the presence of leukopenia and/or thrombocytopenia, advanced age, presence of co-morbid conditions, hyperglycemia, bleeding diatheses, and failure of procalcitonin levels to fall have all been associated with worsened outcome. [20]

Important risk factors for mortality include the patient's comorbidities, functional health status, newly onset atrial fibrillation, hypercoagulability state, hyperglycemia on admission, AIDS, liver disease, cancer, alcohol dependence, and immune suppression.

Age older than 40 years is associated with comorbid illnesses, impaired immunologic responses, malnutrition, increased exposure to potentially resistant pathogens in nursing homes, and increased use of medical devices, such as indwelling catheters and central venous lines. [21, 22, 23, 24]

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