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Is Septicemia Curable
My grandpa was diagnosed with septicemia. They are giving him antibiotics. What's gonna happen with him? What else we can do to prevent? Is it curable
Curable: Septicemia is a serious form of infection. With the right antibiotics he might very well be cured. There is always a chance that things might go wrong. Preventing it might be tricky. It depends on the source. He needs to have his vaccines up to date. If he is diabetic, his sugar needs good control. ...Read more
Unspecified.icd-9: The icd-9 codes for infections can be confusing to physicians and the lay public. What you are probably looking at is a billing code to help insurers categorize the illness. What it means is that the code either did not have the specific type of infection listed or the cause of that infection was not known. I can not tell you which it was with more information. ...Read more
Antibiotics+fluids: The most effective treatments include a combination of the appropriate antibiotics depending on the suspected source of infection, intravenous fluids, vasopressors if blood pressure is low and control of the source of the infection. For example if there is an abscess causing the septicemia this should be taken care of surgically with drainage in addition to the above measures ...Read more
Septicemia: Septicemia is a serious blood infection that can be caused by a variety of bacteria. Untreated in neonates, it can result in death. As signs of septicemia is very subtle in neonates- many doctors aggressively treat with antibiotics if neonate has temp >100.4f, temperature instability, feeding poorly, lethargy. Blood cultures are drawn before starting the antibiotics. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Toxins in blood: When you get septicemia, it causes a severe and overwhelming inflammatory reaction. Unfortunately, the same inflammatory chemicals can cause damage to other organs, such as the lungs, the kidneys, the heart, and other organs. That is how you can get multi-organ failure. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
"Bacteremia" means "bacteria in the blood." "Septicemia" is an older term for what we now call "severe sepsis" or "septic shock."
Severe sepsis or septic shock is an exaggerated inflammatory response in the body from an infection. Any infection can cause severe sepsis or septic shock. Many times, "bacteremia" is a cause of severe sepsis/septic shock. Prompt treatment is essential for recovery. ...Read more
Acinetobacter : Acinetobacter is a bacteria that is ubiquitous and usually doesn't cause infection. It is what we call opportunistic - it will cause infection if it gets a chance only. It is usually slow growing (relative to staph or strep), and highly antibiotic resistant. If a loved, one has acinetobacter they can survive, but is usually a sign that there is some thing else wrong with them (wounds, burns, . ...Read more
Word games: There are overlapping features with both terms. In general, a bacteremia (bacteria in the blood) is an early stage of what may become sepsis.Sometimes the body can resist a bacteremia or early treatment will keep it from worsening. Sepsis involves a failing body response to contain the germ.It is often marked by a drop in blood pressure, rapid heart and respiratory rate and may progress to death. ...Read more
If a person has had previous septicemia 6 years previous, is it possible they still are contagious?
Not really: Septicemia - or sepsis refers to an acute event (usually a bacterial infection) that enters the blood and can cause multi-organ system failure. When a person survives sepsis then they may remain colonized with a culprit bacterial ie. Mrsa or vre but it isn't reasonable to isolate or retreat people after six years (especially if they are asymptomatic). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
038.4 septicemia due to other gram-negative organisms
038.49 other. ...Read more