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Diarrhea and Constipation

  • Paul Ellis Marik
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Abstract

Diarrhea is a common problem in the ICU.1 Diarrhea is best defined as ≥3 loose stools per day.2,3 The incidence of diarrhea in the ICU varies widely according to the definition used.1 However, approximately 20–30% of ICU patients will develop clinically relevant diarrhea.4,5 In the ICU, diarrhea is best classified as infectious or non-infectious, based on the different therapeutic approaches. Multiple risk factors contribute to the causation of both infectious and non-infectious diarrhea.

Keywords

Dietary Fiber Enteral Nutrition Clostridium Difficile Enteral Feeding Fecal Impaction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care MedicineEastern Virginia Medical SchoolNorfolkUSA

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