A member asked:

Is septicemia the same thing as "blood poisoning"?

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Dr. Robert Wright answered

Specializes in Pulmonary Critical Care

No: Septicemia refers to the presence of infectious organisms(bacteria, fungi or viruses) in the blood stream and the occurrence of symptoms such as fever and low blood pressure. Blood poisoning is not a medical term per se. Blood poisoning could refer to almost anything including actual ingested poisons. Doctors don't use the term blood poisoning.

Answered 9/28/2016


Dr. Gutti Rao answered

Specializes in Hospital-based practice

We can say: Septicemia- in lay man terms can be called blood poisoning. Some bacteria produce what are called endotoxins which circulate in the blood stream, cause serious illness.

Answered 7/5/2012


Dr. Dennis Clifford answered

Specializes in

Yes: The common term "blood poisoning" is the same thing as septicemia which means bacteria in the blood stream.

Answered 7/5/2012



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