Blood Poisoning (sepsis) is sometimes misdiagnosed as Pulmonary Embolism

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Pulmonary Embolism, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Blood Poisoning (sepsis).

Sepsis occurs when an infection in the body reaches the blood stream. This results in organ disfunction and a severe drop in blood pressure that can lead to respiratory failure, heart failure, stroke and death. Symptoms include high fever, chills, intense body pain, rapid heart rate, fast breathing and rash, low amounts of urine, acute confusion, dizziness, severe breathing problems and bluish discolouration of fingers, toes and lips. Sepsis is caused by an underlying infection not being treated which could have happened due to misdiagnosis.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

Rapid heartbeat, fever and chills, blotchy or discoloured skin, sweating or clammy skin, severe pain, very low body temperature, peeing less than usual, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue or weakness,

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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