Infective Diarrhoea

  • Philip F. Schofield
  • N. Y. Haboubi
  • D. F. Martin


The acute onset of diarrhoea may have many causes. The abnormality may be minor or major and may be in the small or large bowel. Diarrhoeal illness is a worldwide problem but the causes differ due to the hygiene and the environment in the location and the nutritional and immunological state of the individual. Acute diarrhoeal states are a major source of mortality in the developing countries (Wanke et al., 1987)1. The realisation that an oral glucose-electrolyte solution can be absorbed, even in the presence of diarrhoea, has made dramatic improvement in mortality in those areas where it has been introduced (Candy, 1984)2. Diarrhoea in the tropics is much more likely to be due to parasites such as Entamoeba histolytica than in the Western world where the majority of the infections in the adult are due to bacteria (Harries, 1982)3.


Clostridium Difficile Enteric Fever Pseudomembranous Colitis Chronic Inflammatory Bowel Disease Entamoeba Histolytica 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip F. Schofield
    • 1
  • N. Y. Haboubi
    • 1
  • D. F. Martin
    • 1
  1. 1.University Hospital of South ManchesterManchesterUK

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