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What are the differences between bacteremia,septicemia and bacillemia?

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suzanne66 29 May 2012

Bacteremia is the presence of bacteria in the blood.

Septicemia is a potentially life-threatening infection in which large amounts of bacteria are present in the blood. It is commonly referred to as blood poisoning. It has been inconsistently used in the past by medical professionals, for example as a synonym of bacteremia, causing some confusion.

Bacillemia is the presence of bacilli in the blood. (Bacilli is class of bacteria).

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