What are the signs of immunocompromise in bacterial sepsis?

Updated: Feb 05, 2019
  • Author: Amber Mahmood Bokhari, MBBS; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Otherwise healthy hosts with community-acquired pneumonia virtually never present with hypotension or sepsis; however, patients with decreased or absent splenic function may present with overwhelming pneumococcal sepsis. If an otherwise healthy patient with community-acquired pneumonia presents with shock and all of the other causes of pseudosepsis are ruled out, then it must be assumed that the patient is a compromised host with impaired or absent splenic function.


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