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Sepsis and vitamin D: A look at the research

Posted on: October 18, 2012   by  John Cannell, MD

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Sepsis or blood poisoning is a deadly condition characterized by whole-body inflammation caused by an infection that is usually in the blood and another organ, such as the lung. It is the second-leading cause of death in ICUs and the tenth-most-common cause of death overall. It occurs in up to 2% of all hospitalizations and accounts for as much as 25% of ICU bed utilization with mortality rates ranging from 20% for sepsis, 40% for severe sepsis, to over 60% for septic shock (usually sepsis with dangerously low blood pressure and other symptoms.) Its most common victims are children. I have written about sepsis before.

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1 Response to Sepsis and vitamin D: A look at the research

  1. hlahore@gmail.com

    50 more articles on sepsis, MRSA, and ICU are at VitaminDWiki

    http://www.vitamindwiki.com/tiki-index.php?page_id=2274

    Yes vitamin D is very low in ICU and those with sepsis.

    One random controlled trial starting using a single dose of 2mg of calcitriol

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