Diagnosis and Treatment of Acute Diarrhea

  • Herbert L. DuPont
  • Larry K. Pickering
Part of the Current Topics in Infectious Disease book series (CTID)


A patient has diarrhea if unformed bowel movements occur at a daily rate twice that of the usual rate. Diarrhea of infectious origin generally is associated with one or more symptoms of intestinal infection: fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain or cramps, or dysentery (bloody and mucoid stools). The number of persons exposed to enteropathogens who develop illness depends upon the inoculum size. Host factors and virulence properties of the organism affect the clinical response.


Diarrheal Disease Yersinia Enterocolitica Acute Diarrhea Oxolinic Acid Intestinal Amebiasis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Herbert L. DuPont
    • 1
  • Larry K. Pickering
    • 2
  1. 1.Program in Infectious Diseases and Clinical MicrobiologyThe University of Texas Health Science Center Medical SchoolHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Pediatric Infectious Diseases Program in Infectious Diseases and Clinical MicrobiologyThe University of Texas Health Science Center Medical SchoolHoustonUSA

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