Rotavirus gastroenteritis complicated with toxic megacolon
Article first published online: 24 JUL 2009
© 2009 The Author(s)/Journal Compilation © 2009 Foundation Acta Pædiatrica
Volume 98, Issue 11, pages 1850–1852, November 2009
How to Cite
Hung, C.-W., Wu, W.-F. and Wu, C.-L. (2009), Rotavirus gastroenteritis complicated with toxic megacolon. Acta Paediatrica, 98: 1850–1852. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2009.01444.x
- Issue published online: 5 OCT 2009
- Article first published online: 24 JUL 2009
- Received14 April 2009; revised 21 May 2009; accepted 26 June 2009.
- Toxic megacolon
Rotavirus is a leading cause of gastroenteritis in young children, which may indicate hospitalization due to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. Most cases are self-limited with good prognosis. The association between rotavirus and toxic megacolon has never been mentioned in the literature. We report a case of toxic megacolon secondary to rotavirus gastroenteritis.
Conclusion: Toxic megacolon can occur in patients with rotavirus gastroenteritis. An abdominal radiograph should be taken for patients with rotavirus gastroenteritis who have systemic toxicity and persistent abdominal fullness.