Complications of Acute Dysentery

In this article, we will discuss the Complications of Acute Dysentery. So, let’s get started.


Acute dysentery is an acute inflammation of the large intestine characterised by diarrhea with blood and mucus in the stool. Its causes a re bacillary (Shigella spp., enterohaemorrhagic E.coli and Vibrio parahaemolyticus) or amoebic infection.

Complications of Acute Dysentery are discussed below:

A. Intestinal

  • Toxic megacolon
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Intestinal perforations

B. Bacteremia

C. Metabolic/toxic

  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hyponatremia and dehydration
  • Toxic encephalopathy

D. Blood

  • Hemolytic uremia syndrome

E. Joint

  • Reactive arthritis (Reiter’s syndrome)

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