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TitleEvolving Concepts in Sepsis and Septic Shock [electronic resource] / edited by Peter Q. Eichacker, Jรฉrรดme Pugin
ImprintBoston, MA : Springer US : Imprint: Springer, 2001
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Descript XII, 195 p. online resource


Much research over the past 30 to 40 years has shown that the inflammatory response, while critical for host defense during microbial infection, may itself play a central role in the pathogenesis of sepsis. Although key mediators responsible for this injury have been identified, efforts clinically to augment our conventional antimicrobial and supportive therapies during sepsis with agents modulating the inflammatory response have been unsuccessful. As a result, the mortality associated with this lethal syndrome, especially when complicated by shock, has remained persistently high. Unfortunately, during this same period of time, the incidence of sepsis has accelerated as other fields of medicine have relied increasingly on therapies that predispose to infection. While frustrating, overall this experience in the field of sepsis has not been without value. Most importantly, it has helped define on several different levels the complexity of the septic patient. Recognizing and addressing this complexity as discussed by each of the contributors to Evolving Concepts in Sepsis and Septic Shock may now provide new inroads into the treatment of sepsis


1. Sepsis Definitions -- 2. Definitions: Sepsis vs. SIRS -- 3. Toll-like Receptors -- 4. Macrophage Migration Inhibitory Factor (MIF): A Pro-inflammatory Mediator of Sepsis -- 5. Genetic Susceptibility to Infection and Sepsis -- 6. Impact of Genomic Variation on Inflammatory Processes and Sepsis -- 7. Corticosteroids in Sepsis -- 8. The Bidirectional Effect of Inflammation on Bacterial Growth: A New Insight into the Role of Glucocorticoids in the Resolution of Severe Infections -- 9. Anti-Inflammatory Therapy in Sepsis -- 10. Perspectives in Anti-Inflammatory Therapies in Sepsis -- 11. Immunostimulation in Sepsis -- 12. Granulocyte Colony Stimulating Factor as a Therapy for Pneumonia and Sepsis in the Nonneutropenic Host: Preclinical and Clinical Trials

Medicine Medical microbiology Critical care medicine Infectious diseases Respiratory organs -- Diseases Medicine & Public Health Intensive / Critical Care Medicine Pneumology/Respiratory System Infectious Diseases Medical Microbiology


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