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What is the difference between bacteraemia and septicaemia

A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Taylor
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Sepsis: Sepsis is the systemic inflammatory response syndrome (sirs) plus infection-any infection (most commonly pneumonia or uti). Bacteremia is bacteria in ... Read More
Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
See below: Bacteremia means having bacteria in the blood stream. Septicemia means the presence of bacterial toxins in the blood stream accompanied by chills, fev... Read More
Dr. Mandakini Patel
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Sepsis & many names: They are used interchangeably.

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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
Terminology: Bacteremia describes the presence of bacteria in the bloodstream - this may or may not make you ill (e.g. You are briefly bacteremic after brushing yo... Read More
Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
See below: Bacteremia means having bacteria in the blood stream. Septicemia means invasion of the blood stream by microorganisms accompanied by chills, fever and... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Bacteremia is...: The presence of bacteria in the bloodstream with or without symptoms (it can certainly be silent). Sepsis or septicemia is the reaction of the body t... Read More
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
See below: Bacteremia is bacteria in the blood. Sepsis is an infection that causes organ damage. Septicemia is sepsis with bacteria in the blood. Hope this makes... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
No: Bacteria do not remain dormant in blood. However, we all get transient invasion of blood with bacteria from activities like brushing teeth and having ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
Hospital-based practice 21 years experience
Impossible to say.: If you've only completed 7 out of 14 day course of antibiotics, then you are at risk of recurrence (since you didn't finish the course). 14 days is st... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Deeken
Pathology 20 years experience
Yes.: It is possible for infection to enter the bloodstream from a rather inocuous cut, however, it is a pretty rare event. If you are feeling ill, visit ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 41 years experience
A slippery slope: When you stop antibiotics for sepsis before the recommended ending date unless his physician made the decision to stop based on clinical and lab par... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Strange question: Was this a fraternity initiation or some other odd ceremony? A knife is disinfected with potassium permanganate but still dirty, you're given a prophy... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Synonyms: Bactermia and septicemia are terms for the presence of bacteria, fungi, or viruses in the blood although typically used for bacteria. Toxemia means th... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics 56 years experience
Septicemia: Bacteremia means presence of bacteria in the blood stream. Septicemia (also called sepsis) is a state of microbial invasion from a portal of entry int... Read More

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