Pediatric Food Poisoning Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Dec 22, 2020
  • Author: Sunil K Sood, MBBS, , MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

In most food-borne diseases (FBDs), the differential diagnosis includes infection by various toxins or pathogens that can cause the same presentation (eg, diarrhea vs bloody diarrhea).

Large bowel enteritis (ie, dysentery) can mimic inflammatory bowel disease and intussusception.

A noteworthy diagnostic dilemma is botulism, in which the differential diagnosis includes Guillain-Barré syndrome, organophosphate ingestion, tick paralysis, brainstem tumor, poliomyelitis, and myasthenia gravis. In infant botulism, an additional possibility is Werdnig-Hoffman disease.

Differential Diagnoses