Fast Five Quiz: Sepsis Key Aspects

Richard H. Sinert, DO


June 17, 2020

The etiology of sepsis is diverse, and clinical clues in various organ systems aid in appropriate workup and diagnosis. Distinguishing between infectious and noninfectious causes of fever in a patient with sepsis is also important. According to a review of nearly 50 million sepsis cases, the most common underlying cause of sepsis worldwide is diarrheal disease, followed by these conditions:

  • Lower respiratory infections

  • Maternal disorders

  • Neonatal disorders

  • Malaria

  • Typhoid and paratyphoid

  • Urinary diseases

  • Cirrhosis

  • Stroke


  • Meningitis

  • Tuberculosis

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

  • Diabetes

  • Dengue

  • Alzheimer disease

  • Measles

  • Chronic kidney disease

  • Road injuries

Read more about the etiology of sepsis.


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