Posts Tagged ‘diarrhea’

Take the New Interactive Medical Case!

Posted by Karen Buckley • April 9th, 2015

A 43-year-old man with a 6-week history of abdominal pain and diarrhea. The pain was initially epigastric and occurred after eating but then became more constant and diffuse.  The patient rated the pain at 7 on a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 being the most severe pain.  The diarrhea began gradually and was… Read More…

37-Year-Old Man with Ulcerative Colitis and Bloody Diarrhea

Posted by Sara Fazio • August 15th, 2014

In the latest Case Record of the Massachusetts General Hospital, a 37-year-old man with ulcerative colitis was admitted to the hospital because of abdominal cramping, diarrhea, hematochezia, fever to a peak temperature of 38.8°C, and drenching night sweats. Several weeks earlier, he had performed home fecal transplantation. Bloody diarrhea is characteristic of infections caused by Escherichia… Read More…

When HUS Happens

Posted by Rena Xu • November 9th, 2011

As far as modern-day villains go, a side salad may not seem all that menacing.  Yet researchers now believe that such salads – or more specifically, the contaminated sprouts they contained – were behind the terrifying outbreak of bloody diarrhea and hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) in Northern Germany this past May. The likely chain of events, as… Read More…

Clostridium difficile

Posted by Graham McMahon • November 4th, 2011

In a prospective cohort study of patients admitted to hospitals in Quebec and Ontario, 2.8% of patients had Clostridium difficile infection and 3.0% had asymptomatic C. difficile colonization during hospitalization. Most patients with C. difficile infection had the NAP1 strain. Clostridium difficile is the leading cause of health care-associated infectious diarrhea. After exposure to C. difficile,… Read More…

Natural Rotavirus Infection in an Indian Birth Cohort: How Much Protection Does It Give?

Posted by Jennifer Zeis • July 27th, 2011

Rotaviruses cause more than half a million deaths each year, and approximately 23 percent of these deaths occur in India. There are two vaccines available for use to prevent rotavirus gastroenteritis in infants and children: RotaTeq and Rotarix. But RotaTeq was introduced in India only earlier this year, and access to it is limited. Oral vaccines… Read More…

Travelers’ Diarrhea

Posted by Graham McMahon • June 29th, 2011

In this week’s Case Record of the Massachusetts General Hospital, a 30-year-old man was seen in the emergency room because of the acute onset of diarrhea 2 days after his return from a trip to the Caribbean. He was afebrile, and the diarrhea was watery without blood. A diagnostic test was performed. Diarrhea is a common… Read More…