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How serious is sepsis in the blood?

How serious is sepsis in the blood?

Very.: Sepsis generally refers to an infection where bacteria are detected in the blood and it can have other effects such as low blood pressure and effects on other organs (kidney, liver, lung). The other issues depend on the source, how sick the patient is, and other health complications. However, antibiotics are a very effective treatment. ...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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After being discharged from 6 days in hospital with severe sepsis, I'd like to donate blood but I'm not sure if I'd be able to after a blood infection?

After being discharged from 6 days in hospital with severe sepsis, I'd like to donate blood but I'm not sure if I'd be able to after a blood infection?

Bad idea: Severe sepsis is extremely hard on your body. The American Red Cross, I believe would not allow you to give blood under these circumstances. I would wait for awhile and give your body a chance to recover. If you still want to donate blood in 2 months then go ahead. the ARC wants healthy blood in order to help other patients get better. ...Read more

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Have the synptoms of anemia, but had severe dental abcess 2 weeks ago fear sepsis..But blood wrk ok. Only have county program.?

Have the synptoms of anemia, but had severe dental abcess  2 weeks ago  fear sepsis..But blood wrk ok. Only have county program.?

See an ID physician: Rather rapid, but anemia following dental problem may have been caused by endocarditis. Blood work could be normal but should have blood cultures. ...Read more

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My dad had a stent put in to help pass a kidney stone. A few days later,he had severe pain and developed a fever. Blood work showed he has sepsis. ?

My dad had a stent put in to help pass a kidney stone. A few days later,he had severe pain and developed a fever. Blood work showed he has sepsis. ?

Pyelonephritis.: Seems like the stone caused a kidney infection before it was removed. The blockage of urine flow out of that kidney would have allowed bacteria within the urine to set up shop and cause an infection. But the removal of that stone should help eradicate that infection. ...Read more

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I am in hospital w/a "gram+ bacillus" sepsis..6/8 blood culture bottles are +. Caused by a dirty cut then severe cellulitis. I have heart vegetation from it they say. Also on CellCept. Can you educate me on whats the significance of heart vegetation?

I am in hospital w/a "gram+ bacillus" sepsis..6/8 blood culture bottles are +. Caused by a dirty cut then severe cellulitis. I have heart vegetation from it they say. Also on CellCept. Can you educate me on whats the significance of heart vegetation?

Endocarditis. : What you describe is endocarditis. The vegetations harbor the bacteria that are identified when blood cultures are obtained. Sepsis, heart failure as well as "septic emboli" are potential complications 6 weeks of IV antibiotics followed by repeat blood cultures and follow up echocardiogram to insure treatment was adequate. ...Read more

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How do you treat sepsis in the blood?

How do you treat sepsis in the blood?

Antimicrobial tx...: By sepsis in the blood, i think you are referring to having bacteria in the blood. If this is suspected, blood cultures are sent to the lab and the patient is treated with antibiotics. Once the blood culture results are known, antibiotic therapy can be adjusted based on the bacteria sensitivities. ...Read more

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How does sepsis affect the blood?

How does sepsis affect the blood?

Sepsis is BLOOD INFE: Sepsis is bacterial infection in blood, it is serious medical condition caused by excessive immune response to infection.Chemicals released into blood to fight infection result in wide spread inflammation.And that can result in organ damage, and in severe cases one or more organs fail, and also cause fall in blood pressure called septic shock. ...Read more

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How does sepsis get in the blood and cause unpleasant reactions in the body?

How does sepsis get in the blood and cause unpleasant reactions in the body?

Bacteria: Bacteria or other pathogens can enter the body through any open areas including the mouth, the nasal passages, the urinary tract or any other open areas such a wounds or fissures in the body. ...Read more

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Is bacteria in the blood always called sepsis?

No: When bacteria is found in the blood it can be called bacteremia. If it gets severe affecting other body systems it can be called sepsis. ...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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If I had sepsis in the past can I donate blood?

If I had sepsis in the past can I donate blood?

Should be able to: When you go to donate, you will have i fill out paperwork and a questionnaire. If you pass, you can donate blood. ...Read more

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What are ways to detect blood poisoning (septicaemia/sepsis)?

What are ways to detect blood poisoning (septicaemia/sepsis)?

Bipolar 2: Not sure what the question is, but hope u r doing well & tolerating your meds. Any inquiries re. The meds. Need to be directed to your prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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How does sepsis enter the blood stream?

How does sepsis enter the blood stream?

Bacterial infection: Sepsis refers to a system-wide infection that overwhelms the body's defenses. The bacteria can enter the blood stream from an infection in virtually any organ. ...Read more

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How does a full blood count help to identify sepsis?

How does a full blood count help to identify sepsis?

High white cells?: I think you may mean high white blood cells? White blood cells are the infection fighting cells of the body. When there is an infection that causes sepsis, most of the time they are increased in number to help fight the infection. Thus, a high white blood cell count may be indicative of sepsis. But, there are a lot of things that can cause a high white blood cell count. ...Read more

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How long should I wait after having sepsis before donating blood?

How long should I wait after having sepsis before donating blood?

Feel full strength: When you feel strong enough, essentially. If you had anemia associated with your episode of sepsis, you may need to wait several weeks or months before your bone marrow recovers enough. If you didn't, you can donate as soon as your strength is back to normal - as assessed by others. ...Read more

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If a patient has suspected sepsis and urgent blood cultures are attempted then, approximately, how quickly could it be established that the results are negative.

If a patient has suspected sepsis and urgent blood cultures are attempted then, approximately, how quickly could it be established that the results are negative.

Sepsis: Blood culture often turns positive within 24 hours, however, sometimes it may take longer and other times the blood culture may be negative even though the patient has all the clinical features of sepsis ...Read more

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Could sepsis causes degradation of proteins in blood?

In a sense: Sepsis is a reflection of an inflammatory process in the body and can affect every organ. It is usually caused by infection, but not always. Sepsis induces a catabolic state-that where the body is breaking down tissues and proteins. With proper treatment, the body will return to an anabolc state-building up again. How long this takes depends on severity of illness. ...Read more

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My son had a low white blood count and high monocyte. Is that sepsis?

Not likely: Monocytosis is consistent with a viral process. The finding will require further followup. If monocytosis persists the patient may need to see a hematologist and a bone marrow evaluation done. Sepsis is a bacterial infection in the blood stream and other organs. The white cells are of a different population than monocytes in sepsis. ...Read more

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Sepsis (Definition)

The body's abnormal response to severe infection. Sepsis symptoms include fever, rapid heart rate and rapid breathing, and bloodwork will reveal elevation of ...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