Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Campylobacter Gastroenteritis Evaluation

The evaluation of campylobacter enteritis begins with a history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with campylobacter enteritis may include:

Signs of dehydration include:

The diagnosis of campylobacter enteritis must be confirmed by testing. A stool specimen can be cultured, in order to detect a bacterial infection. Stools may also be tested for C. difficile toxin: a test specifically used to diagnose pseudomembranous colitis. A stool examination for ova and parasites helps identify parasitic infections.

A stool culture can detect:

Tests that may be used to evaluate campylobacter enteritis include:

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Last Updated: Dec 7, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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