Basic Summary for Diarrhea


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Main name of condition: Diarrhea
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What is Diarrhea?
  Brief description of Diarrhea: Loose or watery stool.
  Parent types of Diarrhea: Digestive Diseases, Sudden Digestive Conditions, Common Conditions
  Organs Affected by Diarrhea: digestive
  Types of Diarrhea: Acute diarrhea, Chronic diarrhea, Infectious Diarrhea, Traveler's diarrhea, Diabetic Diarrhea, Common Diarrhea, Overflow diarrhea
How many people get Diarrhea?
  Incidence (annual) of Diarrhea: almost 100% annually (NIDDK)
  Incidence Rate of Diarrhea: approx 1 in 1 or 100.00% or 272 million people in USA [about data]
  Prevalance of Diarrhea: People of all ages can get diarrhea. The average adult has a bout of diarrhea about four times a year. 1
How serious is Diarrhea?
  Prognosis of Diarrhea: Diarrhea can be dangerous in newborns and infants. In small children, severe diarrhea lasting just a day or two can lead to dehydration. Because a child can die from dehydration within a few days, the main treatment for diarrhea in children is rehydration. 1
  Complications of Diarrhea: see complications of Diarrhea
What causes Diarrhea?
  Causes of Diarrhea: Causes include viral, bacterial, or parasitic infections; food intolerance; reactions to medicine; intestinal diseases; and functional bowel disorders. 1
  Causes of Diarrhea: see causes of Diarrhea
  Risk factors for Diarrhea: see risk factors for Diarrhea
What are the symptoms of Diarrhea?
  Symptoms of Diarrhea: see symptoms of Diarrhea
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Diarrhea: see treatments for Diarrhea
  Prevention of Diarrhea: see prevention of Diarrhea
Society issues for Diarrhea
  Hospitalization statistics for Diarrhea: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Diarrhea:
  • 0.069% (8,818) of hospital consultant episodes were for diarrhoea and gastroenteritis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 87% of hospital consultant episodes for diarrhoea and gastroenteritis required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 46% of hospital consultant episodes for diarrhoea and gastroenteritis were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 54% of hospital consultant episodes for diarrhoea and gastroenteritis were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 94% of hospital consultant episodes for diarrhoea and gastroenteritis required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 3.7 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for diarrhoea and gastroenteritis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for diarrhoea and gastroenteritis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 27 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for diarrhoea and gastroenteritis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 26% of hospital consultant episodes for diarrhoea and gastroenteritis occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 15% of hospital consultant episodes for diarrhoea and gastroenteritis occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 3% of hospital consultant episodes for diarrhoea and gastroenteritis were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.051% (26,847) of hospital bed days were for diarrhoea and gastroenteritis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)


Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Diarrhea: NIDDK

Last revision: Nov 11, 2003

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