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Systemic response to gram-positive and gram-negative infections--comparison and contrast.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8607054     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The concept of the systemic inflammatory response (SIRS) has recently been defined with suggested new terminology and criteria for diagnosis, and this has gained acceptance in the international literature. The importance of Gram-positive organisms as a cause of the SIRS has become increasingly recognised in recent years. This report describes a case of severe staphylococcal infection with a clinical picture similar to 'classic' endotoxic shock associated with Gram-negative organisms. We use this report to discuss the management of severe sepsis with organ dysfunction, outline the clinical complications and specific therapy of staphylococcal infections, discuss the new terminology, and compare and contrast the features of SIRS associated with varying causes.
M Pinder; K Armon; J Lipman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  South African journal of surgery. Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif vir chirurgie     Volume:  33     ISSN:  0038-2361     ISO Abbreviation:  S Afr J Surg     Publication Date:  1995 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-05-20     Completed Date:  1996-05-20     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2984854R     Medline TA:  S Afr J Surg     Country:  SOUTH AFRICA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  121-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Intensive Care Unit, Baragwanath Hospital, Johannesburg.
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MeSH Terms
Gram-Negative Bacterial Infections / physiopathology*
Gram-Positive Bacterial Infections / physiopathology*
Staphylococcal Infections / physiopathology
Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome / etiology*

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