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Does bacteremia mean the same thing as septicemia?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: No

Septicemia is defined as the presence of bacterial toxins in the blood stream while bacteremia is the presence of bacteria in the blood stream.

In brief: No

Septicemia is defined as the presence of bacterial toxins in the blood stream while bacteremia is the presence of bacteria in the blood stream.
Dr. Michael Ein
Dr. Michael Ein
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Generally yes

Although fungi and viruses can cause sepsis syndrome, most commonly bacteremia (bacteria in the blood stream) causes septicemia (the immune consequence of microbes in the blood stream.).

In brief: Generally yes

Although fungi and viruses can cause sepsis syndrome, most commonly bacteremia (bacteria in the blood stream) causes septicemia (the immune consequence of microbes in the blood stream.).
Dr. Dennis Clifford
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Dr. Gutti Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice

In brief: Not quite

Bacteremia is bacteria in the blood stream, whereas septicemia is circulating bacterial products or toxins.

In brief: Not quite

Bacteremia is bacteria in the blood stream, whereas septicemia is circulating bacterial products or toxins.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao
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In brief: No

Septicemia is a disease; bacteremia can be present, for a short time and without causing disease, in many cases, including right after dental treatment.

In brief: No

Septicemia is a disease; bacteremia can be present, for a short time and without causing disease, in many cases, including right after dental treatment.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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