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What is a systemic infection?

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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: Depends

A "systemic infection" can mean either than an infection has affected the whole body and many organ systems, or it can mean that the body is reacting to an infection in a localized place, like a pneumonia, with signs like fever, fast heart rate and fast breathing rate.
So, it depends on what "systemic" means.

In brief: Depends

A "systemic infection" can mean either than an infection has affected the whole body and many organ systems, or it can mean that the body is reacting to an infection in a localized place, like a pneumonia, with signs like fever, fast heart rate and fast breathing rate.
So, it depends on what "systemic" means.
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
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Dr. Joel Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Disseminated

The word "systemic" refers to something that affects the entire body.
For example, you could have a "localized" staph infection, in which the infection was confined to a skin abscess, or you could have a "systemic" staph infection, in which the bacteria was present in the blood and multiple organs. In general, systemic infections are more severe than localized infections.

In brief: Disseminated

The word "systemic" refers to something that affects the entire body.
For example, you could have a "localized" staph infection, in which the infection was confined to a skin abscess, or you could have a "systemic" staph infection, in which the bacteria was present in the blood and multiple organs. In general, systemic infections are more severe than localized infections.
Dr. Joel Gallant
Dr. Joel Gallant
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