What are the signs and symptoms of end-organ hypoperfusion in bacterial sepsis?

Updated: Feb 05, 2019
  • Author: Amber Mahmood Bokhari, MBBS; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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These signs include the following:

  • Warm, flushed skin may be present in the early phases of sepsis. The skin may become cool and clammy with progression to shock due to redirection of blood flow to core organs. Decreased capillary refill, purpura cyanosis, or mottling may be seen.
  • Altered mental status, obtundation, restlessness
  • Oliguria or anuria due to hypoperfusion
  • Ileus or absent bowel sounds

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