IPLab:Lab 4:Septic Emboli

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Clinical Summary

This 4-year-old female sustained second and third degree burns involving approximately forty percent of the body surface. Subsequently, she developed septicemia secondary to skin infection and died in septicSepsis is the presence and persistence of pathogenic microorganisms and their toxins in the blood. shock on the 10th hospital day. Antemortem blood cultures were positive for Enterobacter aerogenes and Staphylococcus aureus.

Autopsy Findings

Postmortem findings included (1) multiple abscessesAn abscess is a collection of pus (white blood cells) within a cavity formed by disintegrated tissue. diffusely distributed throughout the parenchyma of the lung and heart, (2) lobular pneumoniaIn alcoholics, aspiration pneumonia is common--bacteria enter the lung via aspiration of gastric contents., and (3) visceral congestion.


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