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Define septic shock and septicemia

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Define septic shock and septicemia
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Muneeb Ali replied 7 months ago.

Hi,

Well septic shock and septicemia are slight different terminologies. Both refer to the presence of an overwhelming infection present in the body. However the exact definitions are,

Septic Shock (medical definition) is defined by persisting hypotension requiring vasopressors to maintain a mean arterial pressure of 65 mm Hg or higher and a serum lactate level greater than 2 mmol/L (18 mg/dL) despite adequate volume resuscitation in presence of a confirmed infection in the body.

Septic Shock (general definition) is a serious medical condition that occurs when sepsis, which is organ injury or damage in response to infection, leads to dangerously low blood pressure and abnormalities in cellular metabolism.

Septicemia (medical definition) is an invasion of the bloodstream by virulent microorganisms (as bacteria, viruses, or fungi) from a focus of infection that is accompanied by acute systemic illness.

Septicemia (general definition) Is a condition in which there is confirmed presence of microorganisms in the blood.

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Expert:  Dr. Muneeb Ali replied 7 months ago.

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