What Is Pneumoccocal Septicemia?
Pneumococcal septicemia (sepsis) is a life-threatening syndrome characterized by a cascade of systemic (body-wide) inflammatory responses to lung infection caused by bacterial infection spread to the bloodstream.
It is fatal in about 40% of cases, showing inadequate blood flow to internal organs. About 400,000 people die of sepsis each year in the United States.
Q: What is a pneumococcus?
A: A pneumococcus is an oval shaped , encapsulated, non-spore forming, gram positive bacterium of the genus Streptococcus. These bacteria usually occur in pairs.1
Infection can be prevented with pneumococcal vaccination.
What Is Pneumococcal Septicemia In Celiac Disease and/or Gluten Sensitivity?
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- Taber’s Encyclopedic Medical Dictionary. 10th ed., Phila.