What should prompt additional screening for E coli in the workup of diarrhea?

Updated: Jan 31, 2020
  • Author: Stefano Guandalini, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Bloody diarrhea with a history of ground beef ingestion must raise suspicion for enterohemorrhagic E coli. If E coli is found in the stool, determine if the type of E coli is O157:H7. This type of E coli is the most common, but not only, cause of HUS.


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