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mrsa in bloodstream mortality rate

A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Gentry
20 years experience Gastroenterology
From skin: Mrsa is a type of staff aureus bacteria that is resistant to the penicillin type antibiotics. Staff aureus lives on everyone and usually just hangs o ... Read More
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
14 years experience Infectious Disease
Line or skin: Mrsa (like all staph aureus) lives on the skin, so anything that breaks the integrity of the skin (be it a cut/scrape or an IV line) can introduce it ... Read More

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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Leander Po
18 years experience Infectious Disease
You'll know...: Mrsa bloodstream infections are serious, so your immune system will be on overdrive to fight the infection- early on, it may manifest flu- like sympt ... Read More
Dr. Lauren Romeo
19 years experience Wound care
Fever: Bacteria in the blood causes fever.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Not specifically: You can actually be asymptomatic and have MRSA bacteremia (bacteria in blood). This organism can produce infection in all organ systems. If you thin ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Claude Parola
40 years experience Internal Medicine
Many: Symptoms may include fever, chills, if the infection is severe, hypotension may occur, bleeding due diseminated coagulation problems ( dic); however, ... Read More
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A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
48 years experience Infectious Disease
Rarely: Very elderly and immunosuppressed patients can have severe infections without fever. This rarely occurs in immunocompetent young patients. Symptoms ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Real infection?: Many people have MRSA living on their skin without causing any problems or ever invading. There are a variety of different MRSA strains, and it's a ba ... Read More
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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marc Tressler
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: It is possible for MRSA to enter your bloodstream through a break in the skin and go almost anywhere in the body.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
It's not: Many people have this microbe on their skin, the majority with no ill effects. If you had a real active blood infection you would be obviously, seriou ... Read More
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A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Darryl Blinski
46 years experience Plastic Surgery
MRSA transmit: Possible but unlikely. Best to discuss with your treating docs.
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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
No: Mrsa need not produce clinically relevant changes at the site of inoculation for it to travel either through the bloodstream or lymphatics to other ar ... Read More
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