Chapter 16 - Clinical Corner

Your patient is a 33-year-old previously healthy American male who presents to the ER with severe and sudden fluid loss and a decrease in blood pressure. Fortunately he recovers and wants to know what caused his illness. He is surprised to learn that it was the result of an infection and even more surprised to learn that it was his immune response that caused the problem.

A. What sort of infection could have caused this reaction?

B. What will you explain about his immune response?