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Can good bacteria cause sepsis?
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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: And those are?
Commensal bacteria (that live in our skin, gut, mouth, etc) are generally beneficial and we live in balance with them..
. When they are in the right place. In the wrong place they can lead to rapid overproduction and death by sepsis/septic shock. There are no "good" bacteria or evil ones - bacteria lack a moral code.

In brief: And those are?
Commensal bacteria (that live in our skin, gut, mouth, etc) are generally beneficial and we live in balance with them..
. When they are in the right place. In the wrong place they can lead to rapid overproduction and death by sepsis/septic shock. There are no "good" bacteria or evil ones - bacteria lack a moral code.
Dr. William Walsh
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
In brief: Yes
While we live in harmony with many bacteria and actually couldn't survive without them, if they get into the wrong area they can cause sepsis.
E coli for example is in our gut and helps us break food down into smaller pieces so it can be absorbed. If the bowel perforates however, e coli can kill us by getting into the blood and peritoneal cavity.

In brief: Yes
While we live in harmony with many bacteria and actually couldn't survive without them, if they get into the wrong area they can cause sepsis.
E coli for example is in our gut and helps us break food down into smaller pieces so it can be absorbed. If the bowel perforates however, e coli can kill us by getting into the blood and peritoneal cavity.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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