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Severe Sepsis

If sepsis progresses to severe sepsis, organs begin to shut down. Multiple organ (lung, liver, and kidney) dysfunction is possible, which may result in death. Severe sepsis is characterized by organ dysfunction, hypoperfusion, and/or hypotension.