A Doctor's View on Gastroenteritis Diagnosis

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Comments by Dr. John Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Gastroenteritis is defined as swelling and inflammation of the stomach and the intestines caused by viruses or bacteria. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. It is sometimes referred to as the "stomach flu" or food poisoning though it usually is neither.

A doctor will diagnose gastroenteritis by first taking a complete history of your symptoms. Often, lab test are not needed to diagnose this condition. However, if you have persistent fever or blood in your stool, stool study tests may be ordered. Rarely, ultrasounds, X-rays, or CT scans may be helpful in diagnosis.

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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/5/2013