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If sepsis is a bacteria in the bloodstream can it happen when you have a blood transfusion or kidney removal or how does sepsis get in the blood?

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Dr. Chakshu Gupta
Pathology
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In brief: See below

Bacterial sepsis from transfusion is a recognized complication from transfusions and tends to occur from transfusion of platelets or less commonly from red cell transfusion.
It is more likely to happen from platelets as they are stored at room temperature where the bacteria can multiply. It is a serious reaction but luckily is uncommon in most centers. It certainly does not imply negligence.

In brief: See below

Bacterial sepsis from transfusion is a recognized complication from transfusions and tends to occur from transfusion of platelets or less commonly from red cell transfusion.
It is more likely to happen from platelets as they are stored at room temperature where the bacteria can multiply. It is a serious reaction but luckily is uncommon in most centers. It certainly does not imply negligence.
Dr. Chakshu Gupta
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Dr. Michael DePietro
Most cases of sepsis occur when an infection in some other bodily site spreads to the blood, so pneumonia, or a urinary tract infection, Gall bladder disease, perforated bowel etc, leads to a local infection with secondary spread to the blood. In many cases the bacteria themselves do not enter the blood, but the generalized inflammatory response to the local infection is what we call sepsis.
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
I agree with Dr. DiPietro. Sepsis comes from within, not from without. Sepsis from a blood transfusion is extraordinarily rare, and any reaction from a transfusion that mimics sepsis is far more likely an actual transfusion reaction, not sepsis.
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: Yes

It should never happen with a blood transfusion, but if there is serious negligence in the handling of the blood, then it could.
Similarly with removal of a kidney, unless the harvesting is done under unhygienic conditions, it should not happen. When the bacteria overwhelm the body's defenses, it makes it to the blood stream.

In brief: Yes

It should never happen with a blood transfusion, but if there is serious negligence in the handling of the blood, then it could.
Similarly with removal of a kidney, unless the harvesting is done under unhygienic conditions, it should not happen. When the bacteria overwhelm the body's defenses, it makes it to the blood stream.
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