Chapter 7. Approach to Diarrhea

  1. Tony C. K. Tham MD, FRCP, FRCPI Consultant Gastroenterologist Head of School of Medicine1,2,
  2. John S. A. Collins MD Consultant Gastroenterologist3 and
  3. Roy M. Soetikno MD, MS Chief Associate Professor4,5
  1. John S. Collins MD Consultant Gastroenterologist

Published Online: 9 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303292.ch7

Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition

Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition

How to Cite

Collins, J. S. (2008) Approach to Diarrhea, in Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition (eds T. C. K. Tham, J. S. A. Collins and R. M. Soetikno), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303292.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 1

    The Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

  2. 2

    Northern Ireland deanery, UK

  3. 3

    Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

  4. 4

    GI Section, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, USA

  5. 5

    Stanford University, USA

Author Information

  1. Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 NOV 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146340

Online ISBN: 9781444303292



  • approach to diarrhea;
  • differential diagnosis;
  • physiological mechanisms in acute diarrhea;
  • osmotic diarrhea;
  • onset of diarrhea - acute;
  • management of acute infectious diarrhea and inflammatory bowel disease;
  • oral rehydration solutions;
  • correction of dehydration, electrolyte disturbance


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Definition

  • Differential diagnosis

  • History

  • Examination

  • Investigation

  • Management

  • Further reading