What are the physical findings characteristic of bacterial gastroenteritis?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Jennifer Lynn Bonheur, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Dehydration is the primary cause of morbidity and mortality in cases of gastroenteritis. Assess every patient for signs, symptoms, and severity of dehydration. Lethargy, depressed consciousness, dry mucous membranes, sunken eyes, poor skin turgor, and delayed capillary refill should raise the suspicion for dehydration.


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