Are there any long-term effects of sepsis?
Many people who survive severe sepsis recover completely and their lives return to normal. But some people, especially those who had pre-existing chronic diseases, may experience permanent organ damage. For example, in someone who already has kidney impairment, sepsis can lead to kidney failure that requires lifelong dialysis.
There is also some evidence that an episode of severe sepsis disrupts a person's immune system, making him or her more vulnerable to future infections. Studies have shown that people who have experienced sepsis have an increased risk of dying, even several years after the episode.
National Institute of General Medical Sciences