A 21-year-old member asked:
is blood poisoning the same as sepsis?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Barbara Toppin answered
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Many people refer to sepsis as "blood poisoning". It means that bacteria and/or fungi have invaded the blood stream allowing them to travel to many internal organs like the heart or the brain. If untreated a person with this condition may go into septic shock. Antibiotic treatment is needed to treat this condition along with careful monitoring in the hospital.
Answered on Jul 31, 2017
Dr. Seth Akst answered
20 years experience Anesthesiology
Not always: "septicemia" is an old-fashioned term that means the same thing as "blood poisoning." sepsis is the body's generalized inflammatory state to an infection. The inciting infection could be a pneumonia or a bladder infection, and may not involve bacteria in the bloodstream ("bacteremia"). In almost half of sepsis cases, there is never a positive culture that definitively pinpoints the infection.
Answered on Aug 6, 2017
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