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Is blood poisoning the same as sepsis?

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Dr. Barbara Toppin
Obstetrics & Gynecology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Many people refer to sepsis as "blood poisoning".
It means that bacteria and/or fungi have invaded the blood stream allowing them to travel to many internal organs like the heart or the brain. If untreated a person with this condition may go into septic shock. Antibiotic treatment is needed to treat this condition along with careful monitoring in the hospital.

In brief: Yes

Many people refer to sepsis as "blood poisoning".
It means that bacteria and/or fungi have invaded the blood stream allowing them to travel to many internal organs like the heart or the brain. If untreated a person with this condition may go into septic shock. Antibiotic treatment is needed to treat this condition along with careful monitoring in the hospital.
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Dr. Seth Akst
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not always

"septicemia" is an old-fashioned term that means the same thing as "blood poisoning.
" sepsis is the body's generalized inflammatory state to an infection. The inciting infection could be a pneumonia or a bladder infection, and may not involve bacteria in the bloodstream ("bacteremia"). In almost half of sepsis cases, there is never a positive culture that definitively pinpoints the infection.

In brief: Not always

"septicemia" is an old-fashioned term that means the same thing as "blood poisoning.
" sepsis is the body's generalized inflammatory state to an infection. The inciting infection could be a pneumonia or a bladder infection, and may not involve bacteria in the bloodstream ("bacteremia"). In almost half of sepsis cases, there is never a positive culture that definitively pinpoints the infection.
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