[Cold Crisis]A 20-year-old girl suffered from sepsis due to a cold and necrosis of her limbs required total excision- Hong Kong Economic Daily- TOPick – Health – Doctor’s Consultation Room

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

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Plastic surgeon Chen Zhixuan said in the TV program “57 Healthy Classmates Reunion” that “I still remember that scene” and left a considerable 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 gradually turned black, and the extremities had necrosis, and sepsis also began to appear.

Fearing that the situation would continue to deteriorate, Chen Zhixuan decided to perform a limb amputation operation for her. Due to time constraints, the hospital dispatched two or three teams to prevent the female patient from having “low blood pressure” during the operation. During the process, some nurses couldn’t 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 that he would never undergo amputation again.


Dr. Chen Jinsong, president of the Hong Kong Society of Critical Care, said that sepsis is a serious bacterial infection that causes the failure of body organs. As for the cause of sepsis, Dr. Chen said that 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. , can lead to a sharp deterioration of the condition.

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Young children and the elderly are high-risk groups

Symptoms of septicemia include: high fever, low blood pressure, confusion, decreased urination (due to decline in kidney function), and shortness of breath. The medical staff will conduct a series of laboratory tests on the patient to detect whether the white blood cell and blood lactic acid concentration are too high, so as 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 contract septicemia. Therefore, the age-related death rate of this disease is like the shape of the two sides of the bathtub upwards.

Due to the high mortality rate of sepsis, the mention of this disease often makes people think that if they suffer from it, their lives will hang by a thread. It depends on how serious the disease is. For example, if the patient is so bad that he needs to use a ventilator to assist his breathing due to pneumonia, the mortality rate is as high as one-third;

  • 10 symptoms of sepsis
  • weak
  • insane
  • feel very uncomfortable
  • loss of appetite
  • fever, chills
  • dry mouth
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Heartbeat
  • dizziness and low blood pressure
  • decreased frequency of urination

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