You are the surgical S.H.O. on call, and have been asked to review a patient on the surgical ward. She is a 78 year old woman who is 10 days post partial colectomy. You have been called to see her because she has a temperature of 38.5 degrees and diarrhoea. She is tolerating oral fluids but is feeling very weak.
Is there any more information you would like in making your diagnosis?
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