Can Pneumonia Lead to Septic Shock?

Q:
Can pneumonia lead to septic shock?

A:
Unfortunately, YES.

When a lung infection complication causes sepsis, it is called septic pneumonia. Because a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection can cause sepsis. Any of the infections may begin at home or while you are in the hospital for treatment of another condition.

Sepsis commonly originates from:

  • abdominal or digestive system infections
  • lung infections like pneumonia
  • urinary tract infection
  • reproductive system infection

So if you have pneumonia, you are unfortunately at a risk of sepsis. However, it doesn’t mean if you have pneumonia, you are sure to develop sepsis.

 

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