Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

The incidence of acute and chronic diarrhea in hospitalized adults ranges widely. This variation has been attributed to subjective definitions of diarrhea and to use of imprecise measurement methods. The differential diagnosis of diarrhea is broad, ranging from acute infectious causes to those of longer chronicity involving pathophysiologic mechanisms. The clinical significance of this problem varies from patient discomfort to life-threatening disorders related to the loss of nutrients, severe dehydration and electrolyte imbalances.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sabol, VK; Friedenberg, FK

Published Date

  • August 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 8 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 425 - 436

PubMed ID

  • 9313378

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1538-9812

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1079-0713

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/00044067-199708000-00011


  • eng