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Is emergency surgery done when there is sepsis?

  1. Nov 6, 2015 #1
    Let's say there is a bowel perforation and this results in sepsis, I know surgery would have to be done or else the person would die. But my question is , is the person first given aggresive IV antibiotics first and when infection is controlled only surgery done, or in emergency situations like this it is done asquickly as possible as there is no time to wait. Why I ask is wouldn't general anaesthesia be hazardous in a sepsis patient. Also can't the surgery further disseminate the infection if it not resolved first. Do they just take the risk because there is no choice?
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  3. Nov 6, 2015 #2


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    It would be impossible to answer this on the internet, no two cases are the same.
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