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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

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.

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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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What's unspecified septicemia?

General term: Unspecified = they don't know the germ
Septicemia = a germ is in the blood causing symptoms
This wording would likely show up in insurance documents to justify treatment or on a death certificate. (sepsis is deadly)

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What is unspecified septicemia from?

What is unspecified septicemia from?

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.

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What are the symptoms of septicemia?

What are the symptoms of septicemia?

See doc: Heart rate above 90 breathing above 20 temp above 101 white blood cells above 10, 000 and most importantly, clinical suspicion by a doc.

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Is it true that septicemia is spreadable?

Is it true that septicemia is spreadable?

Usually not: However, some types of contagious diseases are indeed transmissible and can cause septicemia. Most cases of septicemia occur from bacteria already residing in our bodies that gets into the wrong area and then attacks the blood stream.

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Which drug is preferable in treating septicemia?

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

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Is septicemia is incurable?

Is septicemia is incurable?

No: Sepsis is not incurable but carries a high mortality rate of 12-50%. There has been some improvement in survival with early detection and treatment. However, survivors of sepsis experience worsening in quality of life.

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Are septicemia and gangrene related?

Are septicemia and gangrene related?

They can be...: Septicemia refers to bacteria in the blood, usually in a very sick patient. Gangrene simply denotes dead tissue. If the dead tissue is infected and shedding bacteria into the blood, then they would be related.

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Prognosis for pnemoccocal septicemia?

Depends: Depends on how many organ systems have failed, the more - the worse the prognosis. If it is just a simple septicemia without any organ failure, the prognosis is good.

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What is the effect of septicemia on neonates?

What is the effect of septicemia on neonates?

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.

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How does septicemia lead to multi organ failure?

How does septicemia lead to multi organ failure?

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.

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Can severe septicemia leave lasting side effects?

Yes.: Severe sepsis can result in multi-organ failure, and sometimes permanent organ injury, particularly (but not limited) to the heart and kidneys. Follow up with a physician who can monitor organ function is important and advised. Good luck!

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What is the difference between bacteriemia and septicemia?

Definitions: "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.

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What's the difference between regular septicemia and acinetobacter?

What's the difference between regular septicemia and acinetobacter?

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, .

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How long does it take for blood to go back to normal after septicemia?

How long does it take for blood to go back to normal after septicemia?

Septicemia: Treatment with antibiotics that are effective against the causative organism usually work rapidly, but time varies with the class of drugs. Aminoglycosides work very rapidly, whereas tetracycline derivatives may be much less rapid in clearing bacteria.

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How long would it take an elderly person to die if untreated septicemia?

How long would it take an elderly person to die if untreated septicemia?

Hours-days: Hours to days depending on the source and type of bacteria, if associated with shock and on the patient physiological reserve.

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Was wondering what are the differences between bacteriemia and septicemia?

Was wondering what are the differences between bacteriemia and septicemia?

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.

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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).

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How is klebsiella oxytoca septicemia coded in icd9?

How is klebsiella oxytoca septicemia coded in icd9?

038.49: 038.4 septicemia due to other gram-negative organisms 038.49 other.