Septic Shock: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 9/26/2022

Septic shock occurs when the blood pressure falls to a dangerously low level during an infection. People with a weakened immune system are at greatest risk for septic shock.

Early symptoms can include

Later symptoms and signs can include a

Septic shock can be life-threatening and is a medical emergency.

Causes of Septic Shock

Septic shock can be caused by bacterial, viral, or fungal infections. Bacterial infections are the most common cause of septic shock.

Other septic shock symptoms and signs


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Jameson, J. Larry, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.