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Septic embolism on the finger of a 30-year-old female patient with staphylococcal septicaemia. Septicaemia (sepsis), or blood poisoning, is infection caused by large amounts of bacteria entering the bloodstream, in this case staphylococcal bacteria. The condition is potentially life-threatening as toxins produced by the bacteria in the bloodstream can produce septic shock. It can usually be treated with antibiotics.
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