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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 more
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 more
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! ...Read more
"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 more
038.4 septicemia due to other gram-negative organisms
038.49 other. ...Read more
Septicemia: Septicemia is a state of microbial invasion from a portal of entry into the blood stream which causes sign of illness. Serious bacterial infections are usually associated with important changes in the function of every organ system in the body mediated mostly by elements of the host immune system against infection. Choice of antibiotics depends on the type of microorganism involved. ...Read more
Bacterial infection: Septicemia is an infection in the blood stream that can be very serious or life threatening. For more information, including how it's treated, I recommend this page: http://www.medlineplus.gov/sepsis.html ...Read more
Everyone is potentially susceptible to sepsis. Septicemia, or sepsis, is a body's reaction to an infection. So, potentially anyone can get sepsis. Whether you get it or not depends on a lot of things: genetics, type of infection, how long it has been untreated, etc.
If you got it before, you may have a higher risk of getting it again. But, that depends also. ...Read more