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Is there a test that can detect blood poisoning from abscessed teeth?

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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: A blood sample

"blood poisoning" usually is taken to mean bacteria in the blood, or bacteremia.
You can take a sample of the blood and culture it to see if bacteria grow. There are many infections, including teeth infections, that can cause bacteria to go into the blood.

In brief: A blood sample

"blood poisoning" usually is taken to mean bacteria in the blood, or bacteremia.
You can take a sample of the blood and culture it to see if bacteria grow. There are many infections, including teeth infections, that can cause bacteria to go into the blood.
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Dr. Andrew Villa
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Yes

"blood poisoning" would usually mean that there is bacteria in the blood.
Blood tests can be performed that measure the number of white blood cells - elevated white blood cells is an indication of an infection. Bacteria in blood can be stained with specialized stains and be seen on a slide under a microscope and the blood can be cultured to identify bacteria.

In brief: Yes

"blood poisoning" would usually mean that there is bacteria in the blood.
Blood tests can be performed that measure the number of white blood cells - elevated white blood cells is an indication of an infection. Bacteria in blood can be stained with specialized stains and be seen on a slide under a microscope and the blood can be cultured to identify bacteria.
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