Septic shock is a complex and heterogeneous clinical syndrome, triggered by infection, and having significant morbidity and mortality in children. Emerging data indicate that the genetic make-up of the pediatric host may have a strong influence on the development and outcome of septic shock in children. Herein, we review this broad topic by focusing on pediatric-specific data (both recent and historical), as well as the broad topics of SNPs, genome-wide association studies and epigenetics. The historical and emerging data strongly suggest that a genetics-based perspective will need to be considered in future investigations and strategies aimed at improving the outcome of children with septic shock.
- Single nucleotide polymorphisms
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Medicine