Evaluating the patient with diarrhea: A case-based approach

Seth Sweetser

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The evaluation of the patient with diarrhea can be complex and the treatment challenging. In this article, the definition of diarrhea and the pathophysiologic mechanisms that lead to diarrhea are reviewed. A simplified 5-step approach to the patient with diarrhea is provided and applied in a case-oriented manner applicable to everyday clinical practice. On completion of this article, you should be able to (1) define diarrhea, (2) outline various pathophysiologic mechanisms of diarrhea, and (3) describe a simplified 5-step approach to facilitate the evaluation of diarrhea.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)596-602
Number of pages7
JournalMayo Clinic proceedings
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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