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Can a bad bedsore lead to sepsis or septicemia?

17 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Any wound can be a portal for bacteria or other pathogens (fungus), so a bedsore can certainly become infected and the patient can become quite ill, develop septic shock and die or develop associated osteomyelitis (bone infection).
Generally these are treated locally and develop no complications.

In brief: Yes

Any wound can be a portal for bacteria or other pathogens (fungus), so a bedsore can certainly become infected and the patient can become quite ill, develop septic shock and die or develop associated osteomyelitis (bone infection).
Generally these are treated locally and develop no complications.
Dr. William Walsh
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Dr. Darryl Blinski
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Bedscore/sepsis

Yes it is possible to have a serious bedsore leading to extreme complications.

In brief: Bedscore/sepsis

Yes it is possible to have a serious bedsore leading to extreme complications.
Dr. Darryl Blinski
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
3 doctors agree

In brief: Absolutely

Decubitus ulcers (pressure sores) can certainly cause sepsis especially when they become deep and ulcerated.
Bacteria can enter the blood stream and cause the sepsis syndrome.

In brief: Absolutely

Decubitus ulcers (pressure sores) can certainly cause sepsis especially when they become deep and ulcerated.
Bacteria can enter the blood stream and cause the sepsis syndrome.
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Dr. Robert Wright
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

The depth of the bedsore and whether or not there is significant inflammation and/or infection.

In brief: Yes

The depth of the bedsore and whether or not there is significant inflammation and/or infection.
Dr. Robert Wright
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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Yes.

In brief: Yes

Yes.
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes...

Any time the skin is open, there is risk of infection.
A bad bedsore is certainly a disruption of skin integrity so bacteria can then enter and infect the wound. Since the wound has a blood supply, the bacteria could then enter the blood stream thus transporting the bacteria to multiple organs leading to sepsis.

In brief: Yes...

Any time the skin is open, there is risk of infection.
A bad bedsore is certainly a disruption of skin integrity so bacteria can then enter and infect the wound. Since the wound has a blood supply, the bacteria could then enter the blood stream thus transporting the bacteria to multiple organs leading to sepsis.
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Dr. Gutti Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Yes like any other infection.

In brief: Yes

Yes like any other infection.
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Dr. William Goldsmith
Critical Care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Any break in the skin can allow bacteria to enter the blood stream. As the bacteria multiply and cause signs of infection this is referred to as septicemia/sepsis.
Bedsores often occur on bony prominences around the patient's buttocks. This area is particularly prone to contamination with colon bacteria that can cause sepsis.

In brief: Yes

Any break in the skin can allow bacteria to enter the blood stream. As the bacteria multiply and cause signs of infection this is referred to as septicemia/sepsis.
Bedsores often occur on bony prominences around the patient's buttocks. This area is particularly prone to contamination with colon bacteria that can cause sepsis.
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Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care

In brief: Yes.

Bad Bacteria thrive on dead tissue, blood and a lack of oxygen.
All these things are present in a bad bedsore.

In brief: Yes.

Bad Bacteria thrive on dead tissue, blood and a lack of oxygen.
All these things are present in a bad bedsore.
Dr. Erik Borncamp
Dr. Erik Borncamp
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