focal sepsis

focal sepsis

Infection present, or assumed to be present, in a limited area of the body, such as the teeth, tonsils or sinuses. In the past, all sorts of disorders were said to be due to focal sepsis, but as medical knowledge has grown, such attribution has become rare.
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Of various aetiology for chronic suppurative otitis media, chronic bacterial rhinosinusitis acts as a focal sepsis in persistence of chronic otitis media in majority of cases in adults and such an interrelationship is supported by clinical experience and various literature.
Gopalakrishnan and Kumar (14) also reported that in the adult population, sinusitis is the most important focal sepsis in case of persistent ear discharge in chronic otitis media active mucosal type of disease.
Of these, the most important was focal infection or focal sepsis, the doctrine that bacteria could furtively attack vulnerable parts of the body, proliferate, and infuse the bloodstream with dangerous toxins.
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