MDLinx reports that children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) are at an extremely high risk of sepsis compared to the general population. In the first-published study of its kind, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have discovered a link between sepsis during cancer treatment and long-term neurocognitive dysfunction. Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition in which the body wages a massive immune response to a bacterial infection of the blood. The study revealed survivors with a history of sepsis performed worse than other participants on tests measuring multiple neurocognitive domains, including executive function and attention span.
Lead Research/InvestigatorsSource: MDlinx