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Prognosis for pnemoccocal septicemia?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
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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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How serious is pneumococcal pneumonia?

How serious is pneumococcal pneumonia?

Serious enough : It depends on how severe. It can reach from a severe infection that causes severe lung injury, systemic infection with organ failure and a real risk of death, to a milder infection that one treats as an outpatient. It is always something however that requires medical attention and treatment ( antibiotics, supportive care). ...Read more

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What's pneumococcal infection disease?

What's pneumococcal infection disease?

Mostly respiratory: Streptococcus pneumonae, the pneumococcus, is the classical cause of bacterial pneumonia in adults and the most common cause of bacterial meningitis in the adult. ...Read more

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Where does streptococcus pneumoniae live?

Normal companion: There are many strains of this familiar microbe, and it's likely that you're carrying one or more in your own oral flora. ...Read more

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How does streptococcus pneumoniae attack and spread?

How does streptococcus pneumoniae attack and spread?

Strep pneumoniae: This bacterium generally causes sudden shaking chills followed by a fever. The lungs are the common target,but it can also cause meningitis and sometimes causes acute septicemia(blood poisoning) spreading throughout the body which is a dire situation. ...Read more

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How does streptococcus pneumoniae get cleared from the host?

Strep: With antibiotics that the bacteria is sentivie to and the immune system. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you don't have pneumococcal antibodies?

What does it mean if you don't have pneumococcal antibodies?

Depends on situation: A lack of specific antibody implies that your immune system has not naturally encountered pneumococcus bacteria or that it has not responded well to previous exposure or pneumococcal vaccines (prevnar or pneumovax). This may be a sign of immune deficiency and should be discussed with a board certified allergist/immunologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Tested my pneumococcal antibodies- they were low she gave me pneumo vac retest in 5 weeks, if it comes back low again.. What does this mean?

CVID: Aka combined variable immunodeficiency. This test is done because you have recurrent sinusitis, bronchitis or pneumonia & screening tests for weak immune system - CBC & diff, quantitative immunoglobulins, ch50- are ok. A 2nd low test means you don't make adequate antibodies against some bacteria that infect the respiratory tract. Antibiotics & gamma globulin injections will help you. ...Read more

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I got a Pneumococcal shot. Can you be allergic to this medicine? What makes you allergic? Also how quickly would a reaction happen?

Possible: In general, it is possible to be allergic to any medicine. Allergic reactions can occur minutes two days after you're exposed to the offending agent. ...Read more