Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Cholera Evaluation

The evaluation of cholera begins with a medical history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with cholera may include:

Signs of dehydration include:

The diagnosis of bacterial gastroenteritis due to cholera must be confirmed through testing. A stool specimen can be cultured for a suspected bacterial infection. Stools may be tested for C. difficile toxin: a test specifically used to diagnose pseudomembranous colitis. A stool examination for ova and parasites can be helpful in detecting parasitic infections.

A stool culture can detect:

Tests that may be used to evaluate cholera 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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