Septicaemia

Below you will find more information about Septicaemia from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Septicaemia it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Septicaemia and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Septicaemia comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Septicaemia is a medical condition in which the blood is contaminated with high levels of bacteria, thus resulting to infection of tissues and other organs. It is a life-threatening disease that has caused fatalities all throughout history.

Diagnosis

Septicaemia can be diagnosed through blood tests in search of bacteria infestations, as well as immunodeficiency problems.

Treatment

The disease can be treated by antibiotics, as well as blood transfusion. Death may occur when the disease is not treated. It can also cause further complications such as septic shock and a sudden drop in blood pressure.

Symptoms and Signs

Among the main symptoms of septicaemia are rapid breathing, palpitations, chills and fever. Hemorrhage may also take place during advanced stages.

Causes

Septicaemia is caused by a preexisting condition called bacteremia, wherein harmful bacteria have already infested the circulatory system.

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