Medical Definition of Hemorrhagic diarrhea, E. coli

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Hemorrhagic diarrhea, E. coli: Bloody colitis (inflammation of the bowel) caused by E. coli, usually by the strain E. coli 0157:H7.

The diarrhea is severe with painful abdominal cramps, gross blood in the stool, and lasts for 6 to 8 days.

Most commonly, E. coli 01257:H7 comes from eating raw or undercooked ground beef (hamburger) or from drinking raw milk or contaminated water. Less commonly, E coli O157:H7 can be transmitted from one person to another.

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Reviewed on 10/30/2018

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