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How do you get e-coli in a blood culture?

How do you get e-coli in a blood culture?

Multiple ways: A few organisms may show up in blood culture due to transient bacteremia in an otherwise normal person. This may be due passing hard stool. More commonly e coli cause infections in various sites, most commonly, urinary tract, and then invade the blood stream and cause septicemia/sepsis with meaningful growth in blood culture. ...Read more

Dr. Marc Basson
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Escherichia Coli (Definition)

Escherichia coli is a type of bacteria that normally lives in the intestines of humans and animals. Most forms of the bacteria are harmless, but some strains may cause severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting. Most cases of infection are caused by contaminated raw vegetables ...Read more


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My child had bloody mucousy stools. I took her to the ER and they tested for c-diff, e coli, blood work and cultures of her stools and blood. C-diff and e-coli were negative. This was sunday.. It is now late wed. And still no answers. What could this be?

My child had bloody mucousy stools. I took her to the ER and they tested for c-diff, e coli, blood work and cultures of her stools and blood. C-diff and e-coli were negative. This was sunday.. It is now late wed. And still no answers. What could this be?

Age ?: In young infants my first thought would be an allergic reaction to the feed (bovine milk allergy can do this). In older kids i'd have tested for salmonella & shigella too. Some older kids with a colitis would do this. I'd meet with your pediatrician & go over your findings so far & move forward based on current findings. ...Read more

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Had kidney infection with E. coli in the blood system, was treated with antibiotics and now I have rashes with stomach and pelvic pain. No appetite.

Had kidney infection with E. coli in the blood system, was treated with antibiotics and now I have rashes with stomach and pelvic pain. No appetite.

Rash: The rash is concerning. You need to talk to your MD and ensure you don't have an allergic reaction to the abx. Most abx are more likely to cause rash. Pelvic pain is not usual. If you had a pansensitive E. coli you should be better. Call your MD and seek help. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of e.Coli infections of the blood?

What are symptoms of e.Coli infections of the blood?

Diarrhea, cramps.: Severe, acute hemorrhagic diarrhea and abdominal cramps are the main symptoms. Usually little or no fever is present, and the illness resolves in five to 10 days. It can also be asymptomatic. Fluid replacement and blood pressure support may be needed to prevent death from dehydration. Treatment with may cause kidney complications. Hemolytic-uremic syndrome is a life-threatening condition. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of e.Coli infections of the blood and can cipro (ciprofloxacin) clear up the blood infection?

What are symptoms of e.Coli infections of the blood and can cipro (ciprofloxacin) clear up the blood infection?

Diarrhea, cramps.: Severe, acute hemorrhagic diarrhea and abdominal cramps are the main symptoms. Usually little or no fever is present, and the illness resolves in five to 10 days. It can also be asymptomatic. Fluid replacement and blood pressure support may be needed to prevent death from dehydration. Treatment with may cause kidney complications. Hemolytic-uremic syndrome is a life-threatening condition. ...Read more

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I cooked ground beef. But sink and utensils have red meat/blood on them. Chances of e. Coli? How do I clean kitchen after cooking red meat?

I cooked ground beef. But sink and utensils have red meat/blood on them. Chances of e. Coli? How do I clean kitchen after cooking red meat?

Ordinary cleansers: To get "burger E coli", you've got to swallow a good mouthful or two of undercooked, unhygienically-ground burger. The tiny number of nasty E coli bacteria that might actually be present aren't a realistic danger. What's critical is the size of the inoculum. ...Read more

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Are blood transfusions common with e.Coli infections?

Are blood transfusions common with e.Coli infections?

No: People who sick with e. Coli infection will not be eligible to donate blood. Bacterial infections from transfusion are more of a problem from transfusion of platelets, a component of blood given to help stop bleeding. This is because platelets are stored at room temperature where bacteria can continue to grow in the platelet bag. These reactions, although uncommon, can be very severe. ...Read more

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Is it true that an e-coli infection be caused by a blood transfusion?

Is it true that an e-coli infection be caused by a blood transfusion?

Maybe-not probable.: The e coli is most likely from a urinary tract infection (UTI) or from gut infection through contaminated meat, etc. Transfusion is a rare cause for any infection, but if it happens, it is usually with yersinia or some other bacteria, etc., though an e. Coli infection is possible, especially if there is an unclean environment, and the transfused product had an infection or was not well preserved. ...Read more

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