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septicaemia

septicaemia

The presence in the circulating blood of large numbers of disease-producing organisms. Septicaemia causes high fever, shivering, headache and rapid breathing and may progress to delirium, coma and death. Treatment is with antibiotics and sometimes transfusion. Also known as blood poisoning. See also SEPTIC SHOCK.

septicaemia

or

blood poisoning

an infection of the blood stream by a variety of pathogenic microorganisms, such as Salmonella and Pseudomonas, usually from a nonintestinal source, leading to fever, lesions in many body organs and even death.

septicaemia

life-threatening systemic disease due to pus-forming pathogenic organisms (e.g. bacteria) within circulating blood, characterized by generalized toxaemia, marked pyrexia and severe hypotension leading to toxic shock, general organ failure and death unless appropriate antibiosis and fluid replacement are initiated urgently
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Survivors can often have their lives devastated as a result of long-term effects such as deafness, brain damage, learning difficulties, seizures, difficulties with physical activities and, when septicaemia is involved, loss of limbs.
Both meningitis and septicaemia can be hard to recognise, as the early symptoms are similar to those of many other milder illnesses.
A rash that does not fade under pressure is a sign of meningococcal meningitis and/ or septicaemia.
MENINGITIS FACTFILE | MRF estimates that there are around 3,200 cases |of meningitis and septicaemia every year in the UK.
Rarely, septicaemia may result in a lack of the blood cells needed for blood clotting (thrombocytopaenia).
Septicaemia, a severe infection that enters the blood stream, is coded, or tagged, in a different way to other illnesses and infections, which means deaths caused by septicaemia do not affect hospital mortality figures.
Meningitis and septicaemia can be hard to recognise at first so knowing the signs and symptoms is crucial and quick action can save lives.
Further tests showed the presence of haemorrhaging of the glands, and Group A streptococcus septicaemia.
A statement from Lily's spoksperson reads: "Lily Allen is back in hospital, where she is being treated for septicaemia.
In a statement, her publicist said: "Lily Allen is back in hospital, where she is being treated for septicaemia.
Figures show there were 757 cases of bacterial meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia in the West Midlands between 2004 and 2006.