World Journal of Surgery

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 154–164 | Cite as

Metabolic basis for management of the septic surgical patient

  • J. H. F. Shaw
  • J. B. Koea
World Progress in Surgery—Metabolic Changes in Surgery


The physiologic events accompanying postoperative septic complications in surgical patients represent a coordinated response to bacterial invasion, which is aimed at maintaining the function of key organ systems. When sepsis is prolonged or overwhelming, physiologic dysfunction and multiorgan failure develop. This review outlines the pathophysiologic response to sepsis and correlates it with recent therapeutic advances in the metabolic management of the postoperative septic patient.


Physiologic Event Como Patient Septique Multiorgan Failure Complication Septiques 
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Les évènements physiologiques contemporains des complications septiques postopératoires chez les patients en chirurgie sont une réponse logique à l'invasion bactérienne; leur but est de maintenir les grandes fonctions vitales. Cependant, lorsque l'état septique se prolonge ou est fulminant, les réactions physiologiques normales sont dépassées et des défaillances pluriviscérales surviennent. Cette revue souligne les réponses physiopathologiques à l'infection et les progrès récents accomplis dans le traitement du patient septique postopératoire.


La sepsis ha sido definida como un proceso de putrefacción con respuesta sistémica; la respuesta sistémica establece la diferencia entre el paciente séptico y el paciente bacterémico. La sepsis y sus complicaciones sistémicas siguen siendo causa principal de morbilidad y mortalidad en los pacientes hospitalizados, con más de medio millón de casos informados anualmente en los Estados Unidos. La incidencia de complicaciones sépticas en los pacientes hospitalizados está en aumento, tal vez debido a la mayor utilización de procedimientos invasivos y de monitoría fisiológica y al más agresivo manejo de los pacientes inmunocomprometidos y de alto riesgo.

La respuesta metabólica a la cirugía no complicada es similar a la que se observa en el ayuno simple con mínimo desarreglo sistémico. Sin embargo, el desarrollo de complicaciones sépticas y de shock séptico en el paciente quirúrgico da lugar a una compleja respuesta sistémica que es coordinada por las vías neuroendocrinas activadas por hipotensión, dolor, hipoxia y por las citocinas mediadoras que producen las células blancas activadas en el foco de la infección. El propósito de tal respuesta es el control inmediato de la infección y el mantenimiento de la función de los principales sistemas orgánicos bajo las condiciones de estrés. Pero si el estrés resulta prolongado, la respuesta se asocia con morbilidad significativa y puede dar lugar a la falla orgánica multisistémica.

La presente revisión describe la respuesta fisiopatológica en la sepsis y la correlaciona con los avances terapéuticos recientes en el manejo metabólico del paciente séptico postoperatorio.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. H. F. Shaw
    • 1
  • J. B. Koea
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryAuckland HospitalAucklandNew Zealand

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