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How can an infection get into your blood stream.?

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Dr. Kathleen Mullane
31 years experience in Internal Medicine
Blood stream infectn: Blood stream infections (bsi) come from many sources: 1. Iv catheters 2. Pneumonia 3. Pyelonephritis (kidney infect'n) 4. Overwhelming deep soft tissue infect'n that usual host defense mechs can't contain (severe abscess skin/pharynx/gu tract, cellulitis, tooth /gum infection..Even brushing teeth leads to transient bsi) 5. Altered defense (chemo, burn or malnutrn) allowing translocatn from gut.
Answered on Dec 18, 2017
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