What should be examined in the workup of diarrhea and what finding suggests colitis?

Updated: Jan 31, 2020
  • Author: Stefano Guandalini, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Examine any exudates found in stool for leukocytes. Such exudates highly suggest colitis (80% positive predictive value). Colitis can be infectious, allergic, or part of inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn disease, ulcerative colitis).


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