What is it?

Bacteremia refers to the presence of bacteria in the bloodstream. The entry of bacteria into the bloodstream can sometimes be caused by things like cleaning your teeth or having a minor medical procedure.
Bloodstream infections can lead to more serious complications if left untreated. There are several of these, including sepsis, which results from a strong immune response to infection.
Organ failure and even death can result from sepsis and septic shock.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Blood poisoning
- Bacteremia

Signs & symptoms

Bacteremia can be asymptomatic in some cases. Often, your immune system will eliminate the bacteria without your knowledge.

Bloodstream infection caused by bacteremia can lead to symptoms such as:

shaking or shivering


Bacteremia can be diagnosed using a blood culture.


It is essential to treat bloodstream infections with antibiotics as soon as possible to avoid complications.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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