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The Emperor Has no Clothes? Searching for Dysregulation in Sepsis

Version 1 : Received: 20 July 2018 / Approved: 25 July 2018 / Online: 25 July 2018 (13:19:58 CEST)

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Alcock, J. The Emperor Has No Clothes? Searching for Dysregulation in Sepsis. J. Clin. Med. 2018, 7, 247. Alcock, J. The Emperor Has No Clothes? Searching for Dysregulation in Sepsis. J. Clin. Med. 2018, 7, 247.

Journal reference: J. Clin. Med. 2018, 7, 247
DOI: 10.3390/jcm7090247

Abstract

For decades, sepsis research has been motivated by the idea of a dangerous overreaction of the immune system in sepsis. But is it true that the response to sepsis is dysregulated? This review surveys the history of sepsis trials and found that evidence for dysregulation does not exist in many of the physiologic mechanisms of sepsis. It is time to consider the alternative hypothesis, that sepsis traits are often functional, and do more harm than good. This review discusses the implications of this perspective for the future of sepsis research

Subject Areas

sepsis; dysregulation; adaptation; evolution; natural selection; medical reversal

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