Will the cognitive problems associated with sepsis improve as the infection is treated?
March 5, 2012 8:36 AM Subscribe
Will the cognitive problems associated with severe sepsis improve as the sepsis itself is treated?
posted by Jamesonian to health & fitness (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My 74 year old father has apparently survived a bout of severe sepsis and is now in recovery. His kidneys were affected as was his liver and heart (he suffered a mild heart attack) but what has me worried the most is his cognitive functions. He became increasingly confused during his initial treatment phase and began hallucinating. He appears to have responded well to IV antibiotic treatment and his internal organ functions are all beginning to return to normal. His mind, however, seems to have gotten worse. He is still confused and hallucinating but has become less verbal and more agitated. Can anyone offer advice or point me to a website with advice on the mental affects of sepsis and what we can expect in the coming days and weeks? Are his experiences really normal for sepsis or is there something unusual about my father's situation? Will he eventually recover his mental faculties or will there be residual problems for him? Any help would be appreciated.