Which physical findings suggest pseudomembranous colitis?

Updated: Oct 02, 2017
  • Author: David A Piccoli, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Pseudomembranous colitis presents with diarrhea with frank blood or a guaiac-positive stool. An abdominal examination may elicit tenderness. Signs of perforation, peritonitis, and toxic megacolon may be present and may require an emergent colectomy.


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