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Pathophysiology of septic encephalopathy-an unsolved puzzle


Flierl, M A; Rittirsch, D; Huber-Lang, M S; Stahel, P F (2010). Pathophysiology of septic encephalopathy-an unsolved puzzle. Critical Care, 14(3):165.

Abstract

The exact cellular and molecular mechanisms of sepsis-induced encephalopathy remain elusive. The breakdown of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) is considered a focal point in the development of sepsis-induced brain damage. Contributing factors for the compromise of the BBB include cytokines and chemokines, activation of the complement cascade, phagocyte-derived toxic mediators, and bacterial products. To date, we are far from fully understanding the neuropathology that develops as a secondary remote organ injury as a consequence of sepsis. However, recent studies suggest that bacterial proteins may readily cross the functional BBB and trigger an inflammatory response in the subarachnoid space, in absence of a bacterial invasion. A better understanding of the pathophysiological events leading to septic encephalopathy appears crucial to advance the clinical care for this vulnerable patient population.

Abstract

The exact cellular and molecular mechanisms of sepsis-induced encephalopathy remain elusive. The breakdown of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) is considered a focal point in the development of sepsis-induced brain damage. Contributing factors for the compromise of the BBB include cytokines and chemokines, activation of the complement cascade, phagocyte-derived toxic mediators, and bacterial products. To date, we are far from fully understanding the neuropathology that develops as a secondary remote organ injury as a consequence of sepsis. However, recent studies suggest that bacterial proteins may readily cross the functional BBB and trigger an inflammatory response in the subarachnoid space, in absence of a bacterial invasion. A better understanding of the pathophysiological events leading to septic encephalopathy appears crucial to advance the clinical care for this vulnerable patient population.

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Contributors:Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver Health Medical Center, 777 Bannock Street, Denver, CO 80204, USA. michael.flierl@dhha.org
Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Trauma Surgery
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:21 Feb 2011 09:42
Last Modified:29 Aug 2017 11:54
Publisher:BioMed Central
ISSN:1364-8535
Free access at:PubMed ID. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1186/cc9035
PubMed ID:20565858

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