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Does the gastroenteritis lead to upper respiratory infection?

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Dr. Bonnie Bock
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Not exactly

Some viruses can cause both upper respiratory infections and gastroenteritis, but gastroenteritis rarely actually leads to upper respiratory infections.

In brief: Not exactly

Some viruses can cause both upper respiratory infections and gastroenteritis, but gastroenteritis rarely actually leads to upper respiratory infections.
Dr. Bonnie Bock
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Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Very rarely

Most of the microbes (i.
e. Bacteria or viruses) which cause infectious gastroenteritis generally are only attracted to the gastrointestinal (GI) system. Therefore, it would be very unusual for a GI bacteria or virus to spread to the lungs. Occasionally patients with gastroenteritis aspirate (choke and cough) and develop an aspiration pneumonia. But this is a secondary problem.

In brief: Very rarely

Most of the microbes (i.
e. Bacteria or viruses) which cause infectious gastroenteritis generally are only attracted to the gastrointestinal (GI) system. Therefore, it would be very unusual for a GI bacteria or virus to spread to the lungs. Occasionally patients with gastroenteritis aspirate (choke and cough) and develop an aspiration pneumonia. But this is a secondary problem.
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
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