What is the role of CT scanning in the diagnosis of enterococcal infections?

Updated: Jun 10, 2021
  • Author: Susan L Fraser, MD; Chief Editor: John L Brusch, MD, FACP  more...
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A CT scan of the abdomen is indicated if symptoms or signs indicate a renal or gastrointestinal source of infection or if no clear focus of infection is evident elsewhere.

In elderly and/or immunocompromised patients, an intra-abdominal source of infection may manifest as minimal localizing signs or symptoms.

The scan may be ordered to include images of the pelvis in patients with suspected sigmoid or rectal disease, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), or prostatic infection.

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