Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli

R. Bradley Sack

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The syndrome of hemorrhagic colitis was defined as a clinically distinct entity only about 15 years ago. Although it may have features similar to bacterial dysenteries due to shigella or campylobacter, pseudomembranous enterocolitis due to Clostridium difficile, ischemic colitis, and acute inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhagic colitis is distinguished by a natural progression from watery to bloody diarrhea over the course of a few days and a relative lack of the usual signs of inflammation, such as fever and large numbers of pus cells in the stool.1 The cause of the syndrome was unknown until 1982, when the occurrence of…

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1535-1537
Number of pages3
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number24
StatePublished - Dec 10 1987
Externally publishedYes

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  • General Medicine


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