MIMS Education

Diarrhea: What To Look Out For

Diarrhea: What To Look Out For

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Overview

About this course

Diarrhea continues to be one of the most common medical complaints in the world. This e-learning module aims to differentiate acute diarrhea from chronic diarrhea, discuss the management strategies for acute and chronic diarrhea, and differentiate the two most common types of chronic diarrhea: functional and organic.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the educational activity, participants should be able to:
  • Differentiate between acute diarrhea and chronic diarrhea
  • Understand the management of acute diarrhea including the role of diagnostic tests and antibiotic treatment
  • Differentiate between organic and functional causes of chronic diarrhea, and refer accordingly for further management

Topics covered

  • Definition of acute diarrhea and chronic diarrhea
  • Management goal and strategies of acute diarrhea including the role of diagnostic tests, pharmacologic support (loperamide, bismuth subsalicylate), and antibiotic treatment
  • Differentiate between organic and functional causes of chronic diarrhea
  • Management strategies for functional chronic diarrhea including lifestyle and diet modification, referral to dietitian or psychologist, and use of medications (anti-diarrheal, fiber supplements, and probiotics)
  • When to refer to a gastroenterologist
Keywords: diarrhea, etiology of diarrhea, acute diarrhea, chronic diarrhea, functional diarrhea, organic diarrhea