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June 15, 1957

CLINICAL RECOGNITION OF POSTOPERATIVE MICROCOCCIC (STAPHYLOCOCCIC) ENTERITIS

JAMA. 1957;164(7):756-761. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980070038008
Abstract

• The clinical syndrome of a sudden onset of unexplained tachycardia, fever, intestinal ileus, diarrhea, oliguria, and hypotension appearing between the second and seventh postoperative days should make the physician highly suspicious of the overwhelming toxemia of micrococcic enteritis. Alteration or depression of the intestinal flora renders the hospital patient more susceptible to enteritis, in addition, the operative procedure seems to lower the patient's resistance to, or accelerate the growth of, micrococci. Early recognition and therapy can prevent death from this syndrome.

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