Infectious Colitis

Craig A. Reickert, Maher A. Abbas
Infectious Colitis is a topic covered in the ASCRS Textbook of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

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Key Concepts

  • Campylobacter is the most common cause of bacterial colitis worldwide.
  • Yersinia may cause a mesenteric adenitis and ileitis resembling Crohn’s disease.
  • Amebic colitis causes flask-like ulcers.
  • The diagnosis of CMV may be made by identification of viral inclusion bodies on mucosal biopsies.

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Key Concepts

  • Campylobacter is the most common cause of bacterial colitis worldwide.
  • Yersinia may cause a mesenteric adenitis and ileitis resembling Crohn’s disease.
  • Amebic colitis causes flask-like ulcers.
  • The diagnosis of CMV may be made by identification of viral inclusion bodies on mucosal biopsies.

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Last updated: January 26, 2022