Campylobacter enteritis

Alternative Names

Food poisoning – campylobacter enteritis; Infectious diarrhea – campylobacter enteritis; Bacterial diarrhea

Definition of Campylobacter enteritis

Campylobacter enteritis is an infection of the small intestine with bacteria.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Campylobacter enteritis is a common cause of . These bacteria also cause one of the many types of traveler’s diarrhea.

Signs and tests

The health care provider will perform a physical exam. The following tests may be ordered:


The infection typically goes away on its own and is not usually treated with antibiotics. Severe symptoms may respond to treatment with antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin and azithromycin.

Expectations (prognosis)

Most people recover in 5-8 days.


Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; and Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Assistant in Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 5/25/2010

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