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Is septicemia the same thing as sepsis?

Is septicemia the same thing as sepsis?

Sort of: Sepsis is a term for any infection that causes a systemic inflammatory response. The most common causes of sepsis are pneumonia & urinary tract infections. When sepsis is associated with organ dysfunction, this is called severe sepsis. Septicemia is a term that some equate with sepsis; others consider septicemia equivalent to bacteremia (bacteria in the bloodstream). ...Read more

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Infection In The Blood (Definition)

Sepsis is a condition in which a person has a blood infection, usually caused by bacteria. The bacteria get into the bloodstream and are spread all over the body. The infection plus the immune system's response to it causes the symptoms of sepsis, which include fever, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, high white ...Read more


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Sepsis and septicemia are they the same thing?

Sepsis and septicemia are they the same thing?

Essentially: Sepsis means an infection in the blood stream demonstrated by blood culture. Septicemia is the same thing-but an older now out of date term used to essentially mean the same thing. Septic shock means the above-infection in bloodstream with low blood pressure and fast heart rate and other lab findings of shock. ...Read more

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Is septicemia the same thing as "blood poisoning"?

Is septicemia the same thing as "blood poisoning"?

We can say: Septicemia- in lay man terms can be called blood poisoning. Some bacteria produce what are called endotoxins which circulate in the blood stream, cause serious illness. ...Read more

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What's the difference between septicemia and sepsis?

What's the difference between septicemia and sepsis?

Same thing mostly: Septicemia as a term generally implies that there has been confirmed to be the presence of bacteria or other micobial agents present in the blood. Sepsis is generally a syndrome of severe vascular compromise. However, generally speaking the two terms are used interchangably. ...Read more

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Can a bad bedsore lead to sepsis or septicemia?

Can a bad bedsore lead to sepsis or septicemia?

Yes: Any wound can be a portal for bacteria or other pathogens (fungus), so a bedsore can certainly become infected and the patient can become quite ill, develop septic shock and die or develop associated osteomyelitis (bone infection). Generally these are treated locally and develop no complications. ...Read more

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What is difference between septicemia, sepsis, and bacteremia?

What is difference between septicemia, sepsis, and bacteremia?

Sepsis: Sepsis is the systemic inflammatory response syndrome (sirs) plus infection-any infection (most commonly pneumonia or uti). Bacteremia is bacteria in the bloodstream; bacteremia can be a cause of sepsis. Some people consider septicemia & bacteremia synonyms; others consider septicemia & sepsis synonyms. This can be confusing, so many prefer not to use the term 'septicemia' at all anymore. ...Read more

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What's the difference between bacteremia, septicemia, and sepsis?

What's the difference between bacteremia, septicemia, and sepsis?

Terminology: Bacteremia describes the presence of bacteria in the bloodstream - this may or may not make you ill (e.g. You are briefly bacteremic after brushing your teeth, but your body clears it). Septicemia is multiplication of bacteria in the blood (almost always associated with illness... But not always), and sepsis is the systemic response to infection. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between septicemia, sepsis, and bacteremia?

Is there a difference between septicemia, sepsis, and bacteremia?

Yes: Septicemia is defined as the presence of bacterial toxins in the blood stream while bacteremia is the presence of bacteria in the blood stream. Sepsis is sirs (systemic inflammatory response syndrome) caused by infection. ...Read more

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Sepsis (Definition)

Sepsis occurs as a result of body's abnormal response to severe infection. Manifestation of sepsis include fever, rapid heart rate and rapid breathing. Blood work will reveal elevation of ...Read more


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Septic Shock (Definition)

Septic shock is a condition of inflammation throughout the body caused by a severe infection that can lead to fever, low blood pressure, and the ...Read more