Infectious Diarrhea

Robert Orenstein

in Mayo Clinic Infectious Diseases Board Review

Published on behalf of © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199827626
Published online June 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199929641 | DOI:

Series: Mayo Clinic Scientific Press

Infectious Diarrhea

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Acute diarrhea is usually defined as increased volume or looser consistency of stool. Specifically, more than 3 loose stools daily for less than 14 days. The majority of cases are self-limited. There are typically 4 causes for acute infectious diarrhea: noroviruses, diarrheogenic E coli, Clostridium difficile, or other toxins or parasites. Diagnosis and treatment of specific causes are reviewed.

Chapter.  1694 words. 

Subjects: Infectious Diseases

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