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What is pseudomonas septicemia?

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Pseudomonas septicemia is a serious infection caused by bacteria of the genus Pseudomonas. Septicemia, also called blood poisoning or bacteremia with sepsis, occurs when bacteria from a localized infection enters and infects the bloodstream.

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Pseudomona infections are most commonly caused by the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa. This bacteria is found in soil, water and plants and poses little risk to most healthy individuals. Individuals that have compromised immune systems, are already ill or are recovering from surgery have a higher risk of developing a pseudomona infection. In hospital settings, patients on breathing machines and those with burns or open wounds are particularly susceptible.

Blood infections caused by pseudomona bacterium may present with fevers, chills, fatigue, and muscle and joint pain. Fever, fast heartbeat and rapid breathing may also be present. Diagnosis of a pseudomona infection is confirmed with blood and urine testing. As some strains of the bacteria, particularly those present in health care settings, are resistant to antibiotics, further testing may be required to find the most effective medicine for treating each infection. Pseudomona septicemia requires hospitalization, frequently in the intensive care unit, and patients may receive antibiotics, fluids to maintain blood pressure, oxygen, and plasma or blood transfusions during their treatment.

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