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Diarrhea, Acute (Community-Acquired)

Valeria Fabre, M.D., John G. Bartlett, M.D.
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  • Common pathogens: list is by no means exhaustive
  • Other causes of acute community-acquired diarrheal disease (not comprehensive list):
    • Viruses: rotavirus, enteric adenovirus, calicivirus, astrovirus, small round virus, coronavirus.
    • Parasites: Strongyloides stercoralis
    • Non-infectious causes: adverse drug reactions, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease), radiation or ischemic bowel disease, partial bowel obstruction, small bowel overgrowth, laxative abuse, collagen colitis, tube feeding and endocrine disorders among others.

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Last updated: July 31, 2016