Endotoxin adsortion as adjuvant therapy in gramnegative severe sepsis
F.J. CANDEL, F. MARTÍNEZ-SAGASTI, M. BORGES, E. MASEDA, M. HERRERA-GUTIÉRREZ, J. GARNACHO-MONTERO, F.J. MAYNAR, R. ZARAGOZA, J. MENSA, J.R. AZANZA
The mortality rate of severe sepsis and septic shock remains still high. Within the last years a better knowledge of its physiopathology and the implementation of a group of measures addressed to a fast identification and early treatment of the septic patients have proved to reduce mortality rate. Likewise, it continues being investigated in modulating the inflammatory response and limiting the harmful action of the bacterial products on the immune system. As a result of this research some endotoxin adsorber devices have been designed to control one of the most important targets that start the inflammatory cascade when gramnegative microorganisms are involved.The usefulness that these endotoxin removal devices might have as adjuvant treatment in the Septic Syndrome and its applicability are reviewed in this paper. Likewise a profile of patient that might be to the benefit of this therapy is suggested according to the current knowledge.
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