What is the clinical presentation and disease course of acute diarrhea?

Updated: Jan 31, 2020
  • Author: Stefano Guandalini, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Acute diarrhea in developed countries is almost invariably a benign, self-limited condition, subsiding within a few days. The clinical presentation and course of illness depend on the etiology of the diarrhea and on the host. For example, rotavirus is more commonly associated with vomiting, dehydration, and a greater number of work days lost than nonrotavirus gastroenteritis.


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