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Is septicemia the same thing as sepsis?

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Dr. Michael Taylor
Critical Care
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Sepsis is a term for any infection that causes a systemic inflammatory response.
The most common causes of sepsis are pneumonia & urinary tract infections. When sepsis is associated with organ dysfunction, this is called severe sepsis. Septicemia is a term that some equate with sepsis; others consider septicemia equivalent to bacteremia (bacteria in the bloodstream).

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Sepsis is a term for any infection that causes a systemic inflammatory response.
The most common causes of sepsis are pneumonia & urinary tract infections. When sepsis is associated with organ dysfunction, this is called severe sepsis. Septicemia is a term that some equate with sepsis; others consider septicemia equivalent to bacteremia (bacteria in the bloodstream).
Dr. Michael Taylor
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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine
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Usually the terms "bacteremia" is used to describe bacteria in the bloodstream that are not necessarily causing in inflmmatory, infecious response.
Sepsis (or septicema) is the result of bacteremia when symptoms of inflammation occur.

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Usually the terms "bacteremia" is used to describe bacteria in the bloodstream that are not necessarily causing in inflmmatory, infecious response.
Sepsis (or septicema) is the result of bacteremia when symptoms of inflammation occur.
Dr. Edward Neilsen
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