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What is difference between septicemia, sepsis, and bacteremia?

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Dr. Michael Taylor
Critical Care
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Taylor
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Dr. Michael Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: See below

Bacteremia means having bacteria in the blood stream. Septicemia means the presence of bacterial toxins in the blood stream accompanied by chills, fever and prostration.
Sepsis is sirs or systemic inflammatory response syndrome which is 2 or more of fever, rapid pulse, rapid respirations and elevated white count when they are caused by an infection.

In brief: See below

Bacteremia means having bacteria in the blood stream. Septicemia means the presence of bacterial toxins in the blood stream accompanied by chills, fever and prostration.
Sepsis is sirs or systemic inflammatory response syndrome which is 2 or more of fever, rapid pulse, rapid respirations and elevated white count when they are caused by an infection.
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