Sepsis - Diagnosis


If you feel you have any symptoms of sepsis, consult your doctor immediately. Early diagnosis is necessary to avoid further worsening of the condition. Diagnosing sepsis can sometimes be difficult as the symptoms are same as for many other disorders.

Doctors may first suggest blood tests to check:

  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Electrolyte levels
  • Kidney functioning
  • Clotting problems
  • Liver functioning       

Other tests which help to determine sepsis include:

  • Blood and urine culture tests
  • Wound culture test
  • Respiratory secretion test

Imaging tests are suggested if the location of the infection is not clear. Those tests include:

  • Chest radiography
  • Computerized tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging [MRI)

Do you know? Early diagnosis of sepsis helps to reduce the mortality rate.