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What is difference between septicemia, sepsis, and bacteremia?

What is difference between septicemia, sepsis, and bacteremia?

Sepsis: Sepsis is the systemic inflammatory response syndrome (sirs) plus infection-any infection (most commonly pneumonia or uti). Bacteremia is bacteria in the bloodstream; bacteremia can be a cause of sepsis. Some people consider septicemia & bacteremia synonyms; others consider septicemia & sepsis synonyms. This can be confusing, so many prefer not to use the term 'septicemia' at all anymore. ...Read more

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Sepsis (Definition)

A life-threatening condition that arises when the body's response to infection causes injury to its own tissues and organs. Common signs and symptoms include fever, increased heart rate, increased ...Read more


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Is there a difference between septicemia, sepsis, and bacteremia?

Is there a difference between septicemia, sepsis, and bacteremia?

Yes: Septicemia is defined as the presence of bacterial toxins in the blood stream while bacteremia is the presence of bacteria in the blood stream. Sepsis is sirs (systemic inflammatory response syndrome) caused by infection. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate of septicemia patient? What is difference between septicemia & sepsis?

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What is the survival rate of septicemia patient? What is difference between septicemia & sepsis?

Depends: It depends on the other aspects of the disease process; vital signs, labs, how the patient appears. Septicemia is simply the presence of bacteria in blood, and is a fairly old term. Sepsis is the idea that there is an infection that is causing a systemic response (fever, high white cell count, fast heart rate, fast breathing rate). ...Read more

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What's the difference between septicemia and sepsis?

What's the difference between septicemia and sepsis?

Same thing mostly: Septicemia as a term generally implies that there has been confirmed to be the presence of bacteria or other micobial agents present in the blood. Sepsis is generally a syndrome of severe vascular compromise. However, generally speaking the two terms are used interchangably. ...Read more

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What's the difference between bacteremia, septicemia, and sepsis?

What's the difference between bacteremia, septicemia, and sepsis?

Terminology: Bacteremia describes the presence of bacteria in the bloodstream - this may or may not make you ill (e.g. You are briefly bacteremic after brushing your teeth, but your body clears it). Septicemia is multiplication of bacteria in the blood (almost always associated with illness... But not always), and sepsis is the systemic response to infection. ...Read more

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What are some of the differences between bacteremia and sepsis or septicemia?

What are some of the differences between bacteremia and sepsis or septicemia?

Bacteremia is...: The presence of bacteria in the bloodstream with or without symptoms (it can certainly be silent). Sepsis or septicemia is the reaction of the body to bacteremia with fever and effects on various body organs. The sepsis syndrome can also be caused by non infectious processes. ...Read more

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What are the differences between sepsis and septicaemia?

Word games: Someone who is septic has experienced septicemia. The "emia" means it got there through the blood stream. It means germs or their toxic products have entered the blood and set off a series of reactions that are foreboding and likely to precede death if not reversed. ...Read more

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What are the differences between sirs and sepsis?

related: Sirs are the signs of an activated immune response, increased temperature, respiratory rate, elevated white count etc while sepsis is sirs plus a sign of infection like a possitive urinary tract infection. ...Read more

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What is the difference between sepsis and sirs?

Infection: Sirs is a condition where there are systemic changes in the body which are characteristic of inflammation. Sepsis is sirs with a documented infection. ...Read more

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What is the difference between cellulitis and sepsis?

What is the difference between cellulitis and sepsis?

Big difference: Cellulitis is just infection of skin. Sepsis is if that infection goes to blood and produce chemicals affecting other organs. ...Read more

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What is the difference between sepsis and septic shock?

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What is the difference between sepsis and septic shock?

Blood pressure: Sepsis is the body's generalized inflammatory state as a response to an infection. Severe sepsis is when 2 organ systems begin to fail due to sepsis. Septic shock is when you have sepsis and your blood pressure remains low despite being given adequate IV fluids. A medication called a "vasopressor" can then be required to support your blood pressure to safe levels. ...Read more

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This is only a general question. If an elderly pt has "kidney failure" & sepsis does the kidney failure generally make much of a difference to survivablity?

This is only a general question. If an elderly pt has "kidney failure" & sepsis does the kidney failure generally make much of a difference to survivablity?

Kidney failure: Kidney failure complicates treatment of other serious illnesses. The extra metabolic demands created during serious illness can also make recovery more difficult in the face of organ failure. Experienced physicians should be able to manage this to some degree for the best possible outcome. ...Read more

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What is the difference between meningococcal sepsis and meningococcal meningitis?

Location: Organinsm is the same, location is different. Sepsis is a blood infection. Meningitis is a spinal fluid infection. ...Read more

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I am guessing that if an elderly person (not me) has COPD & a pleural effusion (even if the person doesn't have a lung infection) then this would make it harder to survive sepsis. But if so, would either be likely to make a significant difference?

I am guessing that if an elderly person (not me) has COPD & a pleural effusion (even if the person doesn't have a lung infection) then this would make it harder to survive sepsis.  But  if so, would either be likely to make a significant difference?

COPD is diagnosis.: The pleural effusion is a SIGN or a symptom, not a "condition". In fact, by draining the effusion, doctors can run tests & perhaps figure out what is causing the problem. But it doesn't portend anything with regards to survival unless it becomes large. COPD is a DIAGNOSIS. It means that the lungs don't function properly. It makes surviving sepsis tougher, as lung problems can easily develop. TTYD. ...Read more

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Is septicemia the same thing as sepsis?

Sort of: Sepsis is a term for any infection that causes a systemic inflammatory response. The most common causes of sepsis are pneumonia & urinary tract infections. When sepsis is associated with organ dysfunction, this is called severe sepsis. Septicemia is a term that some equate with sepsis; others consider septicemia equivalent to bacteremia (bacteria in the bloodstream). ...Read more

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Sepsis and septicemia are they the same thing?

Sepsis and septicemia are they the same thing?

Essentially: Sepsis means an infection in the blood stream demonstrated by blood culture. Septicemia is the same thing-but an older now out of date term used to essentially mean the same thing. Septic shock means the above-infection in bloodstream with low blood pressure and fast heart rate and other lab findings of shock. ...Read more

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Is septicemia the same thing as "blood poisoning"?

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Is septicemia the same thing as "blood poisoning"?

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. ...Read more

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Is blood poisoning the same as sepsis?

Is blood poisoning the same as sepsis?

Yes: Many people refer to sepsis as "blood poisoning". It means that bacteria and/or fungi have invaded the blood stream allowing them to travel to many internal organs like the heart or the brain. If untreated a person with this condition may go into septic shock. Antibiotic treatment is needed to treat this condition along with careful monitoring in the hospital. ...Read more

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Septic Shock (Definition)

Septic shock. Sepsis occurs when an infections enters & is spread through the bloodstream, potentially causing a marked drop in blood pressure with potential for stroke, heart or ...Read more


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Infection In The Blood (Definition)

Septicemia / sepsis occurs when a serious infection has spread through the blood. It can cause organs to stop functioning and in some cases ...Read more