Yersinia Enterocolitica Differential Diagnoses

Updated: May 11, 2023
  • Author: Zartash Zafar Khan, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: John L Brusch, MD, FACP  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Exercise caution in differentiating yersiniosis from inflammatory bowel disease, specifically Crohn disease. Performing stool cultures and ruling out infectious etiologies prior to initiating immunomodulatory therapy for inflammatory bowel disease should be a general practice. [5]

Other conditions to be considered in the differential diagnosis of Y enterocolitica infection, in addition to those in the next section, include the following:

  • Ascariasis

  • Cryptosporidiosis

  • Cyclospora

  • Cytomegalovirus colitis

  • E coli infections

  • Food poisoning

  • Bacterial gastroenteritis

  • Viral gastroenteritis

  • Giardiasis

  • Intestinal flukes

  • Irritable bowel syndrome

  • Ischemic bowel disease

  • Isosporiasis

  • Lactose intolerance

  • Mesenteric lymphadenitis

  • Microsporidiosis

  • Shigellosis

  • Strongyloidiasis

  • Trichinosis

  • Typhoid fever

  • Ulcerative colitis

  • Vibrio infections

Differential Diagnoses