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What is blood poisoning?

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Sepsis: Blood poisoning is the common term for sepsis which means bacteria or fungi have entered the blood stream and caused a cascade of immune events creating a very ill patient.

Answered 1/23/2014

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Dr. William Walsh answered

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Septicemia: Blood poisoning is a lay term for what we now call septicemia - bacteria in the blood leading to systemic problems (shock, respiratory distress, kidney problems, liver problems, heart problems, etc).

Answered 4/10/2014

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