- November 9th 2012
For more than two decades, physicians have tried to combat sepsis by identifying the condition early and treating it aggressively, according to Henry E. Wang, MD, MPH.
But it might be more effective to redirect that focus toward preventing the potentially fatal infection, said Dr. Wang, lead study author and associate professor and vice chair for research in the Dept. of Emergency Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
His recommendation is based on new findings that show there is an association between chronic diseases and an increased risk of getting sepsis later. The strongest connection was exhibited in chronic lung disease and chronic kidney disease, according to the study, published online Oct. 31 in PLOS ONE.
Each condition more than doubles a person’s risk of developing sepsis, said the study. Dr. Wang was lead author of the report.
The more chronic diseases a person has, the greater the individual’s risk of getting sepsis, data show.
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