Which specialist consultations are needed for the treatment of bacterial gastroenteritis?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Jennifer Lynn Bonheur, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Certain organisms cause abdominal pain and bloody stools. Symptoms resembling appendicitis, hemorrhagic colitis, intussusception, or toxic megacolon may be observed. In such cases, obtain a consultation with a surgeon.

Consider consultation with an infectious disease specialist, especially for any patient who is immunocompromised due to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, chemotherapy, or immunosuppressive drugs, because atypical organisms are more likely and complications can be more serious and can fulminate.


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