WHAT IS Bacteremia?

Bacteremia is the presence of bacteria in the bloodstream. It may result from ordinary activities (such as vigorous tooth brushing) or dental or medical procedures, and can also occur from infections like pneumonia or urinary tract infections.

Bacteria are also likely to collect on any artificial material present in the body, such as intravenous catheters,  prosthetic joints, and heart valves. These collections of bacteria may remain attached to the body and continuously release bacteria into the bloodstream.

If you contract  bacteremia from ordinary activities it usually does not cause infections because bacteria typically are present only in small numbers and are rapidly removed from the bloodstream by the immune system. However, if bacteria are present long enough, particularly in people who have a weakened immune system, bacteremia can lead to other infections and sometimes trigger a serious body wide response called sepsis. 



Bacteremia that results from ordinary events, such as a dental procedure, is temporary and causes no symptoms.

Bacteremia that results from other conditions may cause the following and probably means you have sepsis or septic shock: 

  • Fever
  • Rapid heart rate/breathing
  • Shaking chills 
  • Low blood pressure
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea)
  • Confusion 


eStudySite engages in investigative clinical trials of medications treating Bacteremia. Qualified subjects participating in a trial receive study-related medical evaluations  and the investigative study medication at no cost, and may be eligible to receive financial compensation for time and travel cost.

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