Yersinia

Yersinia, also known as Yersinia enterocolitica, is a bacteria that can cause symptoms that mimic Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. While it is usually self-limiting (goes away on its own) it can be chronic and a stool sample to rule out Yersinia prior to a firm diagnosis of IBD is often a good idea.

Symptoms

Diarrhea, blood in stool, abdominal pain, rash, elevated SED rate, edema in the terminal ileum, intestinal ulceration, anemia, oral ulceration [1]

Treatment

For chronic infections, treatment with a combination of antibiotics usually works well.

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