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Urinary Disorders

Confusion and Septic Shock

07/08/2010

Question:

My father (87) went into septic shock from a urinary tract infection. His current white cell count is 13,000 down from a high of 22,000. How long does the average person suffer from confusion and lethargy? He was lucid the first day (Friday) but since then he was been confused, and now (Wednesday) quite lethargic.

Answer:

It is hard to answer how long lethargy and confusion may last in an elderly individual after sepsis. It is encouraging that the WBC is down. Confusion can occur for a variety of reasons including being in the hospital. I would suggest that you discuss these concerns with his treating physician who can give you more specific answers.

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Response by:

Donald R Bodner, MD Donald R Bodner, MD
Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University