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Can a heavy growth of escherichia coli get in your blood stream and cause septic shock?

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Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Bacteremia: Any bacteria that gets into the bloodstream can cause septic shock.
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Absolutely: E. Coli is notorious for causing infections, specially in the urinary tract. If untreated, the bacteria can go to the blood stream and cause septic shock. Depending on the virulence of the bacteria, it can cause severe problems that can lead to death.

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