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DIARRHEA IN ADULTS - CHRONIC
Treatment Guideline Chart
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.

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Chronic Diarrhea

  • Defined as the abnormal passage of ≥3 loose or liquid stools per day for ≥4 weeks with or without a daily stool weight of >200 g/day; urgency to defecate may be present
    • A definition of chronic diarrhea based on symptoms alone will lead to an overlap with functional bowel disorders, eg irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
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