Faecal leucocytes in bacterial diarrhoea of infants
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Fecal samples of 50 infants having diarrhoea and 25 controls were examined microscopically for the presence of fecal leucocytes. Number of fecal leucocytes was 21–23/HPF in patients from whom shigellae or salmonellae were isolated, and 1–2/ HPF in patients from whom Enteropathogenic, Enterototoxigenic Escherichia coli or oval cysts of parasites were recovered. This simple bed side investigation can be a useful tool in differentiating between invasive or enterotoxigenic diarrhoea in infants.
Key wardsBacterial diarrhoea Fecal leucocytes
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