Two years ago. I was admitted to the hospital with
A very large seroma developed that spanned the entire length of my shoulders and half the distance between my neck and waist. I had a pick line and was receiving IV antibiotics. Within a couple of weeks, a sore manifested about halfway down the scar that opened. Within a few days that sore had opened to the size of a softball. I was immediately hospitalized and numerous test were done attempting to identify the bacteria that was causing the sepsis. They were never able to identify anything that would explain the infections.
At the conclusion of the first surgery, a catheter was inserted. During the process of inserting the catheter, my urinary track was compromised and there was a significant amount of blood that covered my surgical gown. A urologist was called in to insert the catheter, there was great concern that my prostate gland was also injured.
Since that surgery. I have had more than 10 surgeries all related to infections The hardware placed during the original surgery had to be removed. I have been hospitalized with pneumonia and other infection related problems. Ultimately, I had to endure several weeks of bariatric chamber treatments. All along, no bacteria was ever discovered in my blood work.
Now, I am having problems with a titanium knee that seems to have come loose. My question is this: do you think my sepsis was caused by the catheter insertion process. I have been doing a good bit of reading and it seems that the general consensus about UTI's and problems with catheters is very common. I believe that I also read that it is not at all uncommon for bacteria related to sepsis caused by UTI's to remain unidentifiable. Could you please shed some light on this subject.
Your infections seem linked to stress and hospitalization
I am sorry to hear about your troubles. My opinion is that the infection in your back was caused by skin bacteria that sometimes colonize surgical wounds. If no bacteria have been found in your blood at any point, it is very unlikely that bacteria from your bladder (caused by the catheterization) should have found its way to your spine/back. It is even more unlikely, if you have not had bacteria in your urine.
Hope this helps.