Questiond by Nick from Utah:
I heard that septicemia is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. I was wondering what the difference between septicemia, sepsis, and bacteremia is? Is one of them blood poisoning? If that’s the case, is it possible to have that condition without any microbial activity going on, like if you get certain non-microbial toxic agents in your body? Is one of the three a blood infection? What’s the difference between all three of them?
Answered by Yaybob:
These are nesting categories.
Sepsis is the presence of a pathogenic microorganism (bacteria, virus, parasite, or fungus) or its toxin somewhere in the body, whether that be a tissues of some organ, a body fluid (blood, cerebrospinal fluid, urine, amniotic fluid) or a body cavity. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/sepsis
Septicemia is specific for infection of the blood by any pathological organism. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/septicemia
Bacteremia is infection of the blood by a bacteria. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/bacteremia
above all , bacteremia is a type of septicemia, and septicemia is a type of sepsis.
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