What stool characteristics should be considered in the evaluation of suspected bacterial gastroenteritis?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Jennifer Lynn Bonheur, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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An index of suspicion can be generated for a specific set of potential causative pathogens by considering the following stool characteristics:

  • Appearance

  • Volume

  • Frequency

  • Presence or absence of blood

  • pH

  • Presence or absence of reducing substances

  • White blood cell (WBC) count

  • Serum WBC count


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