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What is Diarrhea?

What is Diarrhea?

Diarrhea is any form of loose or watery stool, and is all too common. Acute diarrhea with a sudden ...more »

  • Diarrhea: Loose or watery stool.
  • Diarrhea: A condition of frequent and watery bowel movements.
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Diarrhea: frequent and watery bowel movements; can be a symptom of infection or food poisoning or colitis or a gastrointestinal tumor.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Diarrhea: Introduction

Types of Diarrhea:

Types of Diarrhea:

Broader types of Diarrhea:

How many people get Diarrhea?

Incidence (annual) of Diarrhea: almost 100% annually (NIDDK)
Incidence Rate of Diarrhea: approx 1 in 1 or 100.00% or 272 million people in USA [about data]
Prevalance of Diarrhea: People of all ages can get diarrhea. The average adult has a bout of diarrhea about four times a year. (Source: excerpt from Diarrhea: NIDDK)

How serious is Diarrhea?

Complications of Diarrhea: see complications of Diarrhea
Prognosis of Diarrhea: Diarrhea can be dangerous in newborns and infants. In small children, severe diarrhea lasting just a day or two can lead to dehydration. Because a child can die from dehydration within a few days, the main treatment for diarrhea in children is rehydration. (Source: excerpt from Diarrhea: NIDDK)

What causes Diarrhea?

Causes of Diarrhea: see causes of Diarrhea
Causes of Diarrhea: Causes include viral, bacterial, or parasitic infections; food intolerance; reactions to medicine; intestinal diseases; and functional bowel disorders. (Source: excerpt from Diarrhea: NIDDK)
Risk factors for Diarrhea: see risk factors for Diarrhea

What are the symptoms of Diarrhea?

Symptoms of Diarrhea: see symptoms of Diarrhea

Complications of Diarrhea: see complications of Diarrhea

Can anyone else get Diarrhea?

More information: see contagiousness of Diarrhea

Diarrhea: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Diarrhea.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Diarrhea.

How is it treated?

Treatments for Diarrhea: see treatments for Diarrhea
Alternative treatments for Diarrhea: see alternative treatments for Diarrhea
Prevention of Diarrhea: see prevention of Diarrhea
Research for Diarrhea: see research for Diarrhea

Society issues for Diarrhea


Hospitalization statistics for Diarrhea: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Diarrhea:

  • 0.069% (8,818) of hospital consultant episodes were for diarrhoea and gastroenteritis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 87% of hospital consultant episodes for diarrhoea and gastroenteritis required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 46% of hospital consultant episodes for diarrhoea and gastroenteritis were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 54% of hospital consultant episodes for diarrhoea and gastroenteritis were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 94% of hospital consultant episodes for diarrhoea and gastroenteritis required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Organs Affected by Diarrhea:

Organs and body systems related to Diarrhea include:

Name and Aliases of Diarrhea

Main name of condition: Diarrhea

Other names or spellings for Diarrhea:

diarrhoea

Loose stools, Diarrhoea Source - Diseases Database

Diarrhoea, Looseness of the bowels, Diarrhea, Looseness of the bowels
Source - WordNet 2.1

Diarrhea: Related Conditions

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