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Neurol Res. 2007 Oct;29(7):643-6. doi: 10.1179/016164107X240233.

Sepsis associated encephalopathy.

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Lourdes Hospital, Kochi, Kerala, India.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Alteration of sensorium or an encephalopathy is a common diagnostic dilemma in critically ill patients and can be caused by a number of conditions. Sepsis associated encephalopathy (SAE) is now the most common encephalopathy encountered among intensive care unit (ICU) patients.

DEFINITIONS:

SAE is an encephalopathy attributed primarily to sepsis or systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) and has often been a diagnosis of exclusion.

CONCLUSION:

It is important to recognize SAE for its therapeutic and prognostic aspects. SAE worsens morbidity and mortality among ICU patients. Most therapeutic options center around aggressive treatment of the underlying infection.

PMID:
18173900
DOI:
10.1179/016164107X240233
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