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Hi,
I wanted to ask about the above mentioned cases. If the child sounds obviously dehydrated, should I list that as one of the differential diagnoses (as they show on Kaplan's core cases, eg. #dehydration, #2 gastroenteritis), or should I just list the possible etiologies of the diarrhea (as they show on FA, eg. #1 viral GE, #2 bacterial GE)?
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Definitely go for the FA style of DDx. Dehydration is just the complication of the diarrhea. By writing bacterial, viral, parasitic etc., you can also add stool culture, rotavirus PCR, ova and parasites to the workup.
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