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Functional diarrhea.
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PMID:  22917168     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Chronic diarrhea is a frequent and challenging problem in clinical medicine. In a considerable subgroup of these, no underlying cause is identified and this is referred to as functional diarrhea. A consensus definition for functional diarrhea is based on loose stool consistency and chronicity and absence of coexisting irritable bowel syndrome. Underlying pathophysiology includes rapid intestinal transit, which may be worsened by stress or be triggered by a preceding infectious gastroenteritis. Diagnostic work-up aims at exclusion of underlying organic disease. Treatment starts with dietary adjustments, aiming at decreasing nutrients that enhance transit and stool and at identifying precipitating food items.
Jan Tack
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-06-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Gastroenterology clinics of North America     Volume:  41     ISSN:  1558-1942     ISO Abbreviation:  Gastroenterol. Clin. North Am.     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-08-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8706257     Medline TA:  Gastroenterol Clin North Am     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  629-37     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2012. Published by Elsevier Inc.
Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Translational Research Center for Gastrointestinal Disorders (TARGID), University of Leuven, Herestraat 49, Leuven B-3000, Belgium.
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