Saturday, March 12, 2011

Rice-water stool

Vibrio cholerae, a motile bacterium produces a toxin, which causes intestinal cells to discharge large amounts of ions and water into the gut resulting in a profuse potentially fatal diarrhea that resembles rice water in appearance due to the presence of mucus and intestinal cells in the diarrheal fluid – rice-water stool.
Reference:
Todar K. Todar’s Online Textbook of Bacteriology. Vibrio cholerae and Asiatic Cholera. Available http://www.textbookofbacteriology.net/cholera.html. Accessed 12-03-2011. Go to reference

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