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DIARRHEA IN ADULTS - CHRONIC
Chronic diarrhea is defined as the abnormal passage of ≥3 loose or liquid stools per day for ≥4 weeks with or without a daily stool weight >200 g/day.
The definition of chronic diarrhea based on symptoms alone will lead to an overlap with functional bowel disorders eg irritable bowel syndrome.
Categories include watery diarrhea (eg osmotic, functional or secretory), inflammatory diarrhea and fatty diarrhea.

Diarrhea%20in%20adults%20-%20chronic Management

Specialist Referral

  • Consider referring to the following specialists as indicated: 
    • Gastroenterologist: For patients with chronic diarrhea presenting with alarm symptoms or those who require a GI endoscopy
    • Endocrinologist: For patients with suspected or confirmed chronic diarrhea that is endocrine-related 
    • Dietitian: For patients needing assistance with diet modification in managing celiac disease or IBS
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