What is the cause of chronic diarrhea in pediatric HIV infection and how is it treated?

Updated: Mar 05, 2020
  • Author: Delia M Rivera, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Bile-acid malabsorption, but not bacterial overgrowth, appears to contribute to chronic diarrhea of HIV. Cholestyramine 4-8 g given 3 times a day may substantially slow diarrhea in some patients.


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