Pseudotuberculosis (Yersinia pseudotuberculosis Infection) Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Oct 11, 2017
  • Author: David R Haburchak, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Mark R Wallace, MD, FACP, FIDSA  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Y pseudotuberculosis and enterocolitis should be considered possible causes of acute or subacute enteritis, especially in children potentially exposed to cross-contamination of food from preparation of pork and wild game foodstuffs. The most common mimics include subacute infections of the gastrointestinal tract, especially those with extra-intestinal manifestations, such as Crohn disease, Whipple disease, and appendicitis.

Food and exposure history help to refine the place of Yersinia in the differential diagnosis. Special media for stool culture may be necessary from the laboratory for diagnosis.

Differential Diagnoses