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Is septicemia the same thing as sepsis?

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Sort of: Usually the terms "bacteremia" is used to describe bacteria in the bloodstream that are not necessarily causing in inflmmatory, infecious response. Sepsis (or septicema) is the result of bacteremia when symptoms of inflammation occur.
Dr. Michael Taylor
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Sort of: Sepsis is a term for any infection that causes a systemic inflammatory response. The most common causes of sepsis are pneumonia & urinary tract infections. When sepsis is associated with organ dysfunction, this is called severe sepsis. Septicemia is a term that some equate with sepsis; others consider septicemia equivalent to bacteremia (bacteria in the bloodstream).

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Sepsis and septicemia are they the same thing?

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Dr. Kerrie Pinkney
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Essentially: Sepsis means an infection in the blood stream demonstrated by blood culture. Septicemia is the same thing-but an older now out of date term used to essentially mean the same thing. Septic shock means the above-infection in bloodstream with low blood pressure and fast heart rate and other lab findings of shock.

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