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November 12, 2019

By Steven G. Desautels, MD Diarrheal diseases represent one of the five leading causes of death worldwide and are a particular concern for children younger than five years old in resource-limited settings.1  Diarrhea may be defined as the passage of loose or watery stools, typically at least three times in a 24-hour period. Objectively, it […]

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By Scott Moffitt, PA-C Acute gastroenteritis, more commonly known as the stomach flu or food poisoning, is an infection of the stomach and intestines which is usually caused by a virus, the most common being norovirus. You may have heard of this virus being the culprit of GI illnesses associated with cruise ships or other […]

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December 4, 2018

By Steven Desautels, MD Microscopic colitis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the colon that is characterized by watery, non-bloody diarrhea. Microscopic colitis should be suspected in patients with chronic diarrhea without a clear cause. There is a female predominance and the median age at diagnosis is approximately 65 years. Colonoscopic investigation reveals an endoscopically […]

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Antibiotics are effective medications commonly used to treat infection. Although safe, they can cause side effects, including diarrhea, in up to 20% of patients, usually improving when the antibiotics are stopped.  In some patients Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) can develop due to a toxin-producing bacteria that causes a severe form of diarrhea associated with antibiotic […]

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OVERVIEW Lactose is the sugar found in milk and dairy products such as cheese and yogurt. After eating dairy products that contain this sugar, usually lactase, a digestive enzyme of the small intestine, helps to breakdown this complex sugar into two simple sugars, glucose and galactose. These simple sugars are then absorbed in the small […]

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