What is the manifestation of bacterial gastroenteritis?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Jennifer Lynn Bonheur, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Bacterial gastroenteritis is a very common disorder. It has many causes, can range from mild to severe, and usually manifests with symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal discomfort. Other causes of some of these symptoms include viral infections, improper diet, malabsorption syndromes, various enteropathies, and inflammatory bowel disease. (See Etiology,Presentation, Workup, and Treatment.)

Bacterial gastroenteritis is usually self-limited, but improper management of an acute infection can lead to a protracted course. By far, the most common complication is dehydration. (See Prognosis and Presentation.) [4, 5, 6, 7]

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