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Is septicemia the same thing as "blood poisoning"?

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Dr. Robert Wright
Pulmonary Critical Care 46 years experience
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.
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Dr. Jalal Zuberi
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Although blood poisoning is not a real medical term, in laymen's terminology, it is commonly used for sepsis.
Dec 7, 2014
Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 48 years experience
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.
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
A Verified Doctoranswered
45 years experience
Yes: The common term "blood poisoning" is the same thing as septicemia which means bacteria in the blood stream.
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