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Case Rep Infect Dis. 2013;2013:354697. doi: 10.1155/2013/354697. Epub 2013 Mar 27.

Life-threatening manifestation of diarrhea.

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Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1650 Grand Concourse, 3rd Floor, Bronx, NY 10457, USA.


Acute diarrhea is usually mild and self-limited in normally healthy individuals. Further diagnostic evaluation is indicated in patients with severe diarrhea. We present a case of a 46-year-old woman who presented with dehydration and acute renal failure due to acute severe diarrhea. Initial stool study was suggestive of Aeromonas. Further stool test revealed offending bacteria, which led to appropriate antibiotic use. This paper emphasizes the importance of complete history and correlation between clinical data and laboratory tests.

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