Sensitivity and specificity of bloody diarrhea in shigella gastroenteritis


ÖZMERT E. N. , ORUN E., ŞENGELEN M. , YALÇIN Ş. , YURDAKÖK K. , GÜR D.

TURKISH JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS, vol.52, no.5, pp.488-490, 2010 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 52 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Title of Journal : TURKISH JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS
  • Page Numbers: pp.488-490

Abstract

The sensitivity and specificity of bloody diarrhea in the diagnosis of shigella gastroenteritis in a Shigella sonnei prevalent center was investigated. The shigella-proven gastroenteritis cases who were admitted to Hacettepe University Ihsan Doğramaci Children's Hospital Diarrheal Diseases Unit (Jan 2003 - Oct 2006) constituted the study group (n=65). Age- and sex-matched children admitting to the same center with non-shigella diarrhea constituted the control group (n=65). The sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values of bloody diarrhea were found to be 30%, 100%, 100% and 58%, respectively. Sensitivity of bloody diarrhea in the diagnosis of shigella gastroenteritis was low in this center. New strategies and recommendations in the management of mild nonbloody cases are needed.

The sensitivity and specificity of bloody diarrhea in the diagnosis of shigella gastroenteritis in a Shigella sonnei prevalent center was investigated.