When is leukocytosis present in diarrhea?

Updated: Jan 31, 2020
  • Author: Stefano Guandalini, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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The leukocyte count is usually not elevated in viral-mediated and toxin-mediated diarrhea. Leukocytosis is often but not constantly observed with enteroinvasive bacteria. Shigella organisms cause a marked bandemia with a variable total white blood cell count.


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