Sepsis, commonly called septicemia, is an infection
of the blood
. While blood sometimes has bacteria
flowing in it, white blood cells, the body's natural defense mechanism, can usually remove the bacteria. However, sepsis may occur if the white blood cells are overwhelmed by an unusually large amount of bacteria.
Symptoms include, but are not limited to, fever, chills, rapid breathing and heartbeat
, losing interest in food, and feeling a sense of doom.
Sometimes sepsis develops when there is another infection within the body, such as a respiratory
, or gastrointestinal
infection. Sepsis may also coincide with or precede meningitis, an infection of the central nervous system.
Sepsis can become a severe condition leading to infections of the brain
, and subsequently resulting in death
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