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Does bacteremia mean the same thing as septicemia?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
No: Septicemia is a disease; bacteremia can be present, for a short time and without causing disease, in many cases, including right after dental treatment.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
Not quite: Bacteremia is bacteria in the blood stream, whereas septicemia is circulating bacterial products or toxins.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Generally yes: Although fungi and viruses can cause sepsis syndrome, most commonly bacteremia (bacteria in the blood stream) causes septicemia (the immune consequence of microbes in the blood stream.).
Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
No: Septicemia is defined as the presence of bacterial toxins in the blood stream while bacteremia is the presence of bacteria in the blood stream.

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