Which systemic features should be considered in the evaluation of bacterial gastroenteritis?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Jennifer Lynn Bonheur, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Systemic features that can guide empiric therapy and help narrow the differential diagnosis of the causative organism include the following:

  • Onset and duration of symptoms

  • Presence or absence of vomiting

  • Presence or absence of fever

  • Presence or absence of abdominal pain

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