BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr-2012-007219
  • Unusual presentation of more common disease/injury

Salmonellosis as a differential diagnosis

  1. Mark Vella
  1. Department of General Surgery, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley, UK
  1. Correspondence to Miss Hoey C Koh, kohhc{at}


With a low incidence of Salmonella infection, salmonellosis is an uncommon problem in Scotland. It occurs in both immune-compromised and immune-competent patients. We present two cases of salmonellosis in immune-competent patients who had had a history of gastroenteritis. Diagnosis was delayed in one patient; however, both patients received appropriate treatment and made good recovery following their respective illnesses. Apart from acting as a reminder to consider salmonellosis as a differential diagnosis when managing patients with infective process, the cases also highlight the importance of concise history taking, and the importance of cultures-and-sensitivities in managing infectious cases.

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