Secretory diarrhea following a dog bite.

Academic Article


  • Overwhelming sepsis is rarely complicated by secretory diarrhea. We present a case of fulminant sepsis associated with dermatologic manifestations, disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), and a severe secretory diarrhea that has not previously been described. This followed a dog bite, and the patient was otherwise healthy. The combination of septic shock, skin lesions, and DIC occurring after a dog bite has been attributed to dysgonic fermentor 2 organisms, now called Capnocytophaga canimorsus, but none were cultured in this case (7). Dysgonic fermentor-2 may be a new cause of secretory diarrhea and should be considered in the differential diagnosis of overwhelming sepsis associated with diarrhea.
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  • Animals, Bites and Stings, Diarrhea, Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation, Dogs, Female, Humans, Middle Aged, Shock, Septic, Wound Infection
  • Author List

  • Peek RM; Truss C
  • Start Page

  • 1151
  • End Page

  • 1153
  • Volume

  • 36
  • Issue

  • 8