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June 1986

Aeromonas-Related Diarrhea

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Oklahoma City

Arch Intern Med. 1986;146(6):1237. doi:10.1001/archinte.1986.00360180257057

To the Editor.  —Even after the comprehensive report of George et al in the November 1985 issue of the Archives1 on Aeromonas-related diarrhea in adults, and the earlier report of Agger et al in another journal,2 the literature on Aeromonas-related diarrhea in adults is still anemic. One suspects that a reason for this is the reluctance of microbiology laboratories to report what appears to be minor growth of the organism.3 This reluctance is stronger, we suspect, when the laboratory's technique is to place a subculture onto an agar dish that contains the initial fecal culture grown from broth. Our laboratory, which serves a general hospital with a mean census of approximately 250 patients, used such a technique with alkaline peptone broth, and found Aeromonas in feces of 17 patients, all of whom had diarrhea during a 24-month period. This frequency was exceeded by Campylobacter species

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