bacterial infection


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bacterial infection

An infection caused by bacteria.

bac·te·ri·al in·fec·tion

(bak-tēr'ē-ăl in-fek'shŭn)
Generalized term for any internal or external disorder resulting from any bacterium.

bacterial infection

Any disease caused by bacteria. Bacteria exist in a variety of relationships with the human body. They colonize body surfaces and provide benefits, e.g., by limiting the growth of pathogens and by producing vitamins for absorption (in a symbiotic relationship). Bacteria can coexist with the human body without producing harmful or beneficial effects (in a commensal relationship). Bacteria may also invade tissues, damage cells, trigger systemic inflammatory responses, and release toxins (in a pathogenic or infectious relationship).
See: bacterium for table
See also: infection

bacterial infection

localized or spreading colonization of deep or superficial tissues by bacteria
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The older infants have a 22% chance of having a serious bacterial infection, and the younger infants have a 33% chance.
The diagnosis of COPD in combination with bacterial infection based on PCT and CRP levels: COPD in combination with bacterial infection was diagnosed by PCT alone, CRP alone and PCT in combination with CRP.
The definition of bacterial infection, and assessing the need for antibiotic therapy, therefore requires clinicians to combine symptoms and signs of inflammation with diagnostic tests for direct or indirect evidence of a pathogen as a cause of the inflammation.
Localization of bacterial infection in our patients is shown in Graph 1.
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Another 12 (52%) of these 23 infants were discharged home despite being at high risk for a serious bacterial infection.
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Giles: This is true, but as physicians, we should be able to tell the difference between an acute bacterial infection and a fungal infection.
Although secondary or concomitant bacterial infections of the lung were found to be a prominent feature of fatal cases in 1918 when a specific etiologic agent was sought (4), many cases of rapid death and lung consolidation or pulmonary edema occurred in which bacterial infection could not be demonstrated.