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Sepsis Subtypes Identified, Different Remedies Stressed

Sepsis Subtypes

New York: Sepsis is not a single syndrome but multiple distinct conditions much like cancer, suggest researchers. Sepsis is a life-threatening condition when the body’s response to an infection damages its own tissues and organs. The disease accounts for over 6 million global deaths annually. A new study, by a team of researchers from University of Pittsburgh in the US, stresses the need of testing more therapies for the treatment of different types of sepsis. “For over a decade, there have been no major breakthroughs in the treatment of sepsis; the largest improvements we’ve seen involve the enforcing of ‘one-size fits all’ protocols for prompt treatment,” said lead author Christopher Seymour, Associate Professor at University of Pittsburgh. “But these protocols ignore that all sepsis patients are not the same. For a condition that kills over 6 million people annually, that’s unacceptable. Hopefully, by seeing sepsis as several distinct conditions with varying clinical characteristics, we can discover and test therapies precisely tailored to the type of sepsis each patient has,” Seymour remarked. (IANS)

 

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