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What's the difference between septicemia and sepsis?

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Dr. Joseph Roosth
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Same thing mostly

Septicemia as a term generally implies that there has been confirmed to be the presence of bacteria or other micobial agents present in the blood.
Sepsis is generally a syndrome of severe vascular compromise. However, generally speaking the two terms are used interchangably.

In brief: Same thing mostly

Septicemia as a term generally implies that there has been confirmed to be the presence of bacteria or other micobial agents present in the blood.
Sepsis is generally a syndrome of severe vascular compromise. However, generally speaking the two terms are used interchangably.
Dr. Joseph Roosth
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Same

Basically sepsis means the presence of an infection causing an immune response.
Septicemia means the presence of bacteria in the blood stream.

In brief: Same

Basically sepsis means the presence of an infection causing an immune response.
Septicemia means the presence of bacteria in the blood stream.
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Dr. Housam Hegazy
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice

In brief: Interchangeable

Sepsis is a systemic response to an infection.
This infection could be anywhere. If the infection is in the blood and the blood culture grew an organism then it is called septicemia.

In brief: Interchangeable

Sepsis is a systemic response to an infection.
This infection could be anywhere. If the infection is in the blood and the blood culture grew an organism then it is called septicemia.
Dr. Housam Hegazy
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Dr. RAMESH KAUL
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Blood Infection

Sepsis is a cluster of signs and symptoms in a patient having fever, elevated white cells, high heart rate and or respiratory rate with presence of organism in blood.
Septicemia is probably synonym with emphasis on blood poisonong and organism found in blood and more used in children and veternarian terminology, leading to delerium loss of blood pressure, fever, and threat to life.

In brief: Blood Infection

Sepsis is a cluster of signs and symptoms in a patient having fever, elevated white cells, high heart rate and or respiratory rate with presence of organism in blood.
Septicemia is probably synonym with emphasis on blood poisonong and organism found in blood and more used in children and veternarian terminology, leading to delerium loss of blood pressure, fever, and threat to life.
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Dr. RAMESH KAUL
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