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Sepsis is a life-threatening emergency that is the body’s extreme response to an infection like pneumonia or bacteremia. If the body cannot successfully combat an infection, sepsis can trigger changes in the body that damage organs and tissues. In some cases, especially without timely treatment, it can lead to death. Treatments vary depending on the seriousness of the infection.

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1. Locating the Source

Often, healthcare providers can determine what type of infection has led to sepsis, but not always. Most frequently, pneumonia, digestive systems infections, and urinary tract infections cause sepsis. If the source of the infection is unclear, physicians will attempt to find the root cause right away and treat the overall symptoms of sepsis.

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