What Are the Sequelae of Sepsis?

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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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