An increase in frequency of defecation, urgency, or decrease in stool consistency (typically >3 loose stools per day) for >4 weeks (1)
Abnormal stool form is the most important ...
Detailed history of symptoms (1):
Onset, pattern, and frequency of stooling
Stool volume and quality (including presence of blood or mucus)
Volume resuscitation if necessary
Electrolyte replacement as needed
If stable, treatment is generally outpatient (1)[C].
Based on underlying cause:
Elimination diet: avoid gluten-containing foods, nonabsorbable carbohydrates, lactose-containing products, and food allergens depending on etiology of diarrhea.
Low FODMAP (fermentable...
A comprehensive medical history guides the appropriate workup and avoids unnecessary testing.
Consider IBS, IBD, malabsorption syndromes (i.e., lactose intolerance), celiac disease, ove...
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