Bacteremia - Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Lakshmi Venkataraman
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Lakshmi Venkataraman, MD
Last Updated on Jan 06, 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult for bacteremia?

One should consult a family physician who will prescribe the required medications and take the necessary blood swabs for blood culture tests.

2. Is bacteremia life-threatening?

Yes, bacteremia can be life-threatening if not treated appropriately.

3. What kind of technique is used to detect methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)?

The laboratory amplification technique of PCR (polymerase-chain reaction) may be used to detect MRSA.

4. What is the relevance of red blood cell width in bacteremia patients?

Red blood cell width predicts mortality in bacteremia patients.

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