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Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
Volume 2013, Article ID 354697, 4 pages
Case Report

Life-Threatening Manifestation of Diarrhea

Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1650 Grand Concourse, 3rd Floor, Bronx, NY 10457, USA

Received 22 January 2013; Accepted 7 March 2013

Academic Editors: M. Ghate, C. L. Gibert, A. C. Sena, L. Yamuah, and K. Yeboah-Antwi

Copyright © 2013 Haritha Chelimilla et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Acute diarrhea is usually mild and self-limited in normally healthy individuals. Further diagnostic evaluation is indicated in patients with severe diarrhea. We present a case of a 46-year-old woman who presented with dehydration and acute renal failure due to acute severe diarrhea. Initial stool study was suggestive of Aeromonas. Further stool test revealed offending bacteria, which led to appropriate antibiotic use. This paper emphasizes the importance of complete history and correlation between clinical data and laboratory tests.