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World J Surg. 1993 Mar-Apr;17(2):154-64.

Metabolic basis for management of the septic surgical patient.

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Department of Surgery, Auckland Hospital, New Zealand.


The physiologic events accompanying postoperative septic complications in surgical patients represent a coordinated response to bacterial invasion, which is aimed at maintaining the function of key organ systems. When sepsis is prolonged or overwhelming, physiologic dysfunction and multiorgan failure develop. This review outlines the pathophysiologic response to sepsis and correlates it with recent therapeutic advances in the metabolic management of the postoperative septic patient.

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