When should consultations be considered for patients with diarrhea?

Updated: Jan 31, 2020
  • Author: Stefano Guandalini, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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See the list below:

  • Surgeon

    • Certain organisms cause abdominal pain and bloody stools.

    • Symptoms resembling appendicitis, hemorrhagic colitis, intussusception, or toxic megacolon may be appreciated.

    • If the infectious etiology in individuals with such symptoms is not certain, seek consultation with a surgeon.

  • Infectious-disease specialist: Consider consultation with an infectious-disease specialist for any patient who is immunocompromised because of HIV infection, chemotherapy, or immunosuppressive drugs because atypical organisms are more likely, and complications can be more serious and fulminate.


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