When are dietary modifications indicated in the treatment of bacterial gastroenteritis?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Jennifer Lynn Bonheur, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Although some claim that changes in dietary regimen are not necessary, improper diet can result in prolonged recovery or development of carbohydrate malabsorption, especially if the acute episode is overshadowed by an undiagnosed chronic bacterial or malabsorption syndrome.

Thus, a prolonged course of diarrhea should prompt investigation of complicating factors. Results from tests such as stool acidity and reducing substances can indicate carbohydrate malabsorption. Failure to recognize this complication can result in significant rapid weight loss with wasting of fat and muscle mass.

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