when an overwhelming infection leads to life-threatening low blood pressure
Any type of bacteria can cause septic shock. Fungi and (rarely) viruses may also cause the condition. Toxins released by the bacteria or fungi may cause tissue damage, and may lead to low blood pressure and poor organ function. Some researchers think that blood clots in small arteries cause the lack of blood flow and poor organ function.The body also produces a strong inflammatory response to the toxins. This inflammation may contribute to organ damage.