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Blood Culture, Here's What You Need to Know

Blood culture is a diagnostic examination method to detect the presence of microorganisms in the blood. These microorganisms can be bacteria, fungi, or parasites. Under normal conditions, blood should be sterile from various microorganisms. If there are microorganisms in the blood and cause infection, this condition is called bacteremia or septicemia. If microorganisms continue to multiply and spread, and are not handled properly, the sufferer can experience sepsis which is an inflammatory reaction throughout the body. Bacteremia that does not cause serious symptoms or is not detected, can heal by itself, especially bacteremia caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae or Salmonella. However, if bacteremia is accompanied by a serious bacterial infection, such as pneumonia or meningitis, intensive treatment is necessary. Bacteremia that is not handled properly can cause death. The process of taking blood samples and examining blood cultures is quite simple. The doctor will examine the pat…
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