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Organ dysfunction

Organ dysfunction is a condition where an homeostasis cannot be maintained without external clinical intervention.

It is not a diagnosis. It can be classified by the cause, but when the cause is not known, it can also be classified by whether the onset is chronic or acute.

sepsis and is often fatal. Countries such as Spain, have shown a rise in mortality risk, due to a large elderly population there.[1]

However, there are tools physicians use when diagnosing multiple organ failure and when prognosing the outcome. The Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) score[2] uses early lab values in a patient's hospitalization (within 24 hours) to predict fatal outcomes for a patient.


  1. ^ Bouza C, López-Cuadrado T, Saz-Parkinson Z, Blanco J. (2014). "Epidemiology and recent trends of severe sepsis in Spain: a nationwide population-based analysis (2006-2011).". BMC Infect Dis 14 (1): 717.  
  2. ^ Ferreira FL, Bota DP, Bross A, Mélot C, Vincent JL. (2001). "Serial evaluation of the SOFA score to predict outcome in critically ill patients.". JAMA 286 (14): 1754–8.  

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