[Argyfwng Oer]A 20-year-old girl suffered from sepsis due to a cold and necrosis in her arms and required a total amputation- Hong Kong Economic Daily- TOPick – Health – Doctors’ Consultation Room

The cold can lead to an amputation emergency! A plastic surgeon in Taiwan shared an unforgettable case, saying that a 20-year-old girl was sent to the hospital because of a cold and heart failure. Because of the emergency, the doctors needed to perform artificial heart-lung surgery on her immediately, and Cardiotonic drugs were performed in use, but in the end it still fails to prevent the necrosis of the limbs. To prevent sepsis from taking the girl’s life, the doctor had no choice but to amputate a limb from her arms.

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Plastic surgeon Chen Zhixuan said in the TV program “57 Healthy Classmates Reunion” “I still remember that scene” and left a significant psychological shadow. He pointed out that, in fact, all the doctors tried hard to improve the condition of the female victim in the operating room, but they saw that the extremities of the hands and feet were gradually turning black, and had the extremities necrosis, and sepsis also began. to appear

Afraid that the situation would continue to deteriorate, Chen Zhixuan decided to perform an operation to amputate her arms. Due to time constraints, the hospital sent two or three teams to prevent the female patient from having “low blood pressure”. during the operation. During the process, some nurses could not bear to watch the scene because it was quite scary, and ran out of the operating room; Chen Zhixuan also said afterwards that he was too sad, and would never be cut off again.


Dr Chen Jinsong, president of the Hong Kong Critical Care Society, said sepsis is a serious bacterial infection that causes organ failure. As for the cause of sepsis, Dr Chen said it is related to pathogens (such as bacteria) and patient resistance, some bad bacteria such as Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus A, carnivorous bacteria (necrotizing fasciitis caused by Vibrio vulnificus), etc. , it can lead to a sudden deterioration in the condition.

Young children and the elderly are high risk groups

Symptoms of septicemia include: high fever, low blood pressure, confusion, decreased urination (due to decreased kidney function), and shortness of breath. The medical staff will carry out a series of laboratory tests on the patient to determine whether the white blood cells and the blood lactic acid concentration are too high, in order to understand the degree of bacterial infection in the patient.

In fact, any age group can suffer from sepsis. Young children and the elderly have weak resistance and are more likely to catch septicemia, therefore, the death rate of this age-related disease is similar to the shape of the two sides of the bathtub up.

Because of the high death rate from sepsis, talking about this disease often makes people think that if they suffer from it, their lives will hang in the balance. It depends on how serious the disease is. For example, if the patient is so bad that they need to use a ventilator to help them breathe because of pneumonia, the death rate is as high as one part of three;

  • 10 symptoms of sepsis
  • weak
  • crazy
  • feel very uncomfortable
  • loss of appetite
  • fever, chills
  • dry mouth
  • Difficulty breathing
  • The heartbeat
  • dizziness and low blood pressure
  • less urination

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