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All that seems sepsis is not sepsis

Vivek S. Guleria, Prabhat Chauhan, Subramanian Shankar

Keywords : Catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome, sepsis, systemic lupus erythematosus

Citation Information : Guleria VS, Chauhan P, Shankar S. All that seems sepsis is not sepsis. Indian J Crit Care Med 2013; 17 (3):185-187.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.117077

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-06-2014

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2013; The Author(s).


Catastrophic antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (CAPS) resembles severe sepsis in its acute presentation, with features of systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) leading to multiple organ dysfunction. Infections are the best known triggers of CAPS. This emphasizes the need for early diagnosis and aggressive treatment as the mortality is as high as 50%. We present a 42-year-old woman who developed SIRS postoperatively and was eventually diagnosed as CAPS.

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