Diarrhea pp 425-430 | Cite as

Runner’s Diarrhea

  • Daniel Triezenberg
  • Stephen M. Simons
Part of the Clinical Gastroenterology book series (CG)


Runners are commonly afflicted with diarrhea. Profound mechanical and physiologic gastrointestinal changes occur with exercise. These changes can contribute to “runner’s trots”. Medical practitioners should be alert to these running effects to better advise their active patients.

Although it may be initially compelling to attribute a single episode of running diarrhea to the exercise itself, one must always remain alert to the possibility of non-exercise causes of diarrhea merely presenting with the run. Runners may reduce chances of a disabling episode of diarrhea with some simple pre-run strategies.

Key Words

Runner’s diarrhea Athletes’ GI symptoms Mesenteric ischemia Polycythemia ORS Loperamide 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Triezenberg
    • 1
  • Stephen M. Simons
    • 2
  1. 1.Family Medicine Residency Saint Joseph Regional Medical CenterSuite 100South Bend
  2. 2.611 Saint Joseph Regional Medical CenterMishawakaUSA

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