What are the primary signs of cholera in pediatric patients?

Updated: Feb 03, 2021
  • Author: Sajeev Handa, MBBCh, BAO, LRCSI, LRCPI; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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In pediatric patients, the primary signs are similar to those in adults. However, children with severe cholera may present with signs that are rarely seen in adults. A child with cholera is usually very drowsy, and coma is not uncommon. In addition, pediatric patients may have convulsions that appear to be related, in part, to hypoglycemia because patients exhibit some response to intravenous dextrose. Another significant difference from the adult presentation is that children are often febrile.


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