What are the diagnostic considerations for cholera?

Updated: Feb 03, 2021
  • Author: Sajeev Handa, MBBCh, BAO, LRCSI, LRCPI; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Although other differential diagnosis of gastroenteritis may be considered, the clinical picture of cholera is unlikely to be confused with any other disease. This is especially true in adults, in whom no other infectious disease causes such profound dehydration so quickly. Unfortunately, in the United States, this may not trigger a diagnosis of cholera because medical personnel are not accustomed to thinking of cholera as a possibility.


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