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is blood poisoning the same as sepsis?

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Dr. Barbara Toppin
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
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Dr. Seth Akst
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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