What Are the Sequelae of Sepsis?

Many people who survive sepsis recover completely and their lives return to normal. However, as with some other illnesses requiring intensive medical care, some patients have long-term effects. These problems may not become apparent for several weeks (post-sepsis), and may include such consequences as:
• Insomnia, difficulty getting to or staying asleep
• Nightmares, vivid hallucinations, panic attacks
• Disabling muscle and joint pains
• Decreased mental (cognitive) functioning
• Loss of self-esteem and self-belief
• Organ dysfunction (kidney failure, respiratory problems, etc.)
• Amputations (loss of limb(s)

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