What is the role of stool exam in the workup of Vibrio infections?

Updated: Jun 21, 2021
  • Author: Hoi Ho, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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The presence of either fecal occult blood or fecal leukocytes is a reliable marker for invasive infectious diarrhea.

Stool examination for ova and parasites and stool cultures for Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter, Yersinia, and Vibrio species

Stool examination for parasites and stool culture are indicated in patients who present with diarrhea and who have a history of recent travel and/or consumption of contaminated food or water.

Perform these tests in patients with gastroenteritis, especially upon suspicion of foodborne illness.

The physician may alert the public health department if a specific pathogen is identified in a group of people.


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