Medical Dictionary: Bacillary dysentery


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Bacillary dysentery: Another name for Shigellosis.
Bacillary dysentery (condition): Infectious bacterial form of dysentery.

Bacillary dysentery: Shigellosis is an infectious disease caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella. Most who are infected with Shigella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps starting a day or two after they are exposed to the bacterium. The diarrhea is often bloody. Shigellosis usually resolves in 5 to 7 days. In some persons, especially young children and the elderly, the diarrhea can be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. A severe infection with high fever may also be associated with seizures in children less than 2 years old. Some persons who are infected may have no symptoms at all, but may still pass the Shigella bacteria to others. 1

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1. excerpt from Shigellosis (General): DBMD

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