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6 month old having fever, blood in stool. X-ray, blood test done. What is wrong?

Hi Dr, I need few suggestion my son 6 month old admitted in hospital, due to fever , but we found his motion was liquid and with little blood, i am just worried and he got cold to and temprature about 101, i am from india ,tamil Nadu, chennai. the hospital people asked me admit my son and they taken Xray and blood test , still i havent received the blood report, the Dr whome diognasing is not sure wat to do just experiminting weather it could be caused due to this & that. when i heard this i was confused by the Dr and got worried and stressed. pls do suggest me what i should i do. waiting for yur reply. Thanks & regards,
Asked On : Wed, 7 Nov 2012
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I'm sorry to hear about your son's symptoms.

There are couple of reasons for having fever and blood in stools. Commonest is infection of the gut (Dysentry).

When a child with similar history presents to me - I need to rule out more serious causes like intussusception/volvulus etc. X-ray and blood test will give me some clue as to likely cause of these symptoms.

I can appreciate that this is stressful time, but further decisions will be based on x-ray, blood tests, may be Ultrasound of abdomen and stool examination.

Treatment will be based on what these results show. If it is infection of gut, he will need antibiotics.

Hope my answers are helpful to you

Dr Tejas Shah
Pediatric Intensivist
Answered: Wed, 7 Nov 2012
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