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Shiga Toxin—Producing <i>Escherichia</i> <i>coli</i> as a Possible Etiological Agent of Chronic Diarrhea

Lisa A. Spacek, Bryan P. Hurley, David W. K. Acheson, Alexander Granok, Allan Currie, Kirk Doing and Cynthia L. Sears

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 39, issue 5, pages e46-e48
Published in print September 2004 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online September 2004 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/422877
Shiga Toxin—Producing Escherichia coli as a Possible Etiological Agent of Chronic Diarrhea

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We identified Shiga toxin—producing Escherichia coli (STEC) as the likely etiologic pathogen for chronic diarrhea in 2 patients, 1 of whom was immunocompromised with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, and 1 of whom was immunocompetent. Both were treated with antibiotics, and neither developed systemic complications of the infection. These cases suggest that STEC infection should be considered in the differential diagnosis of chronic diarrhea.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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