A member asked:

Is septicemia the same thing as "blood poisoning"?

6 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
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

6.3k views

Thank
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

6.1k views

Thank
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

6k views

Thank

Related Questions

A member asked:

Is it possible to get blood poisoning from a bullet?

6 doctors weighed in across 2 answers

A member asked:

Please tell me, could blood poisoning heal by itself?

A doctor has provided 1 answer

A member asked:

What are the chances of someone surviving blood poisoning?

3 doctors weighed in across 2 answers

Online Primary Care Doctors Accepting New Patients

$44 video appointments available today with a membership as low as $15/month

Book a Video Appointment
Ask your question
Didn't find what you're looking for?

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more.

Ask your question