The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 49, Issue 2, pp 189–191 | Cite as

Faecal leucocytes in bacterial diarrhoea of infants

  • B. R. Panhotra
  • K. C. Agarwal
  • B. N. S. Walia
Original Articles


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 wards

Bacterial diarrhoea Fecal leucocytes 


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© Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • B. R. Panhotra
    • 1
    • 2
  • K. C. Agarwal
    • 1
    • 2
  • B. N. S. Walia
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Microbiology and PediatricsInstitute of Medical SciencesSrinagar
  2. 2.Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchChandigarh

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