Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Abdominal Sepsis Overview

What is abdominal sepsis?
A person with abdominal sepsis has a bacterial infection in the bloodstream that has spread from an infected organ located in the abdomen. Abdominal sepsis is life-threatening.

What are the symptoms of abdominal sepsis?
Common symptoms of abdominal sepsis include severe abdominal pain, abdominal tenderness and abdominal swelling. Other symptoms include rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, fever, chills, nausea, and vomiting.

How does the doctor treat abdominal sepsis?
Treatment for abdominal sepsis includes antibiotics and intravenous fluids. Depending on the underlying cause, surgery may be necessary.

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Last Updated: Feb 3, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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