Basic Summary for Gastroenteritis


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Main name of condition: Gastroenteritis
Other names or spellings: gastro, enterogastritis


What is Gastroenteritis?
  Brief description of Gastroenteritis: Acute stomach or intestine inflammation
  Parent types of Gastroenteritis: Digestive Diseases, Sudden Digestive Conditions, Stomach Conditions
  Organs Affected by Gastroenteritis: digestive, stomach, intestines
  Types of Gastroenteritis: Viral gastroenteritis, Bacterial gastroenteritis, Amebic dysentery, Bacillary dysentery
How serious is Gastroenteritis?
  Complications of Gastroenteritis: see complications of Gastroenteritis
What causes Gastroenteritis?
  Causes of Gastroenteritis: Many different viruses can cause gastroenteritis, including rotaviruses, adenoviruses, caliciviruses, astroviruses, Norwalk virus, and a group of Norwalk-like viruses. Viral gastroenteritis is not caused by bacteria (such as Salmonella or Escherichia coli) or parasites (such as Giardia), or by medications or other medical conditions, although the symptoms may be similar. Your doctor can determine if the diarrhea is caused by a virus or by something else. 1
  Causes of Gastroenteritis: see causes of Gastroenteritis
  Risk factors for Gastroenteritis: see risk factors for Gastroenteritis
What are the symptoms of Gastroenteritis?
  Duration of Gastroenteritis: usually 2 to 5 days; up to 2 weeks for full appetite return.
  Symptoms of Gastroenteritis: see symptoms of Gastroenteritis
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Gastroenteritis: see treatments for Gastroenteritis
Society issues for Gastroenteritis
  Hospitalization statistics for Gastroenteritis: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Gastroenteritis:
  • 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)
  • 0.7% (89,614) of hospital consultant episodes were for noninfective gastroenteritis and colitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 86% of hospital consultant episodes for noninfective gastroenteritis and colitis required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 42% of hospital consultant episodes for noninfective gastroenteritis and colitis were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 58% of hospital consultant episodes for noninfective gastroenteritis and colitis were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 66% of hospital consultant episodes for noninfective gastroenteritis and colitis required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 5.2 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for noninfective gastroenteritis and colitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for noninfective gastroenteritis and colitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 43 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for noninfective gastroenteritis and colitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 38% of hospital consultant episodes for noninfective gastroenteritis and colitis occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 23% of hospital consultant episodes for noninfective gastroenteritis and colitis occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 25% of hospital consultant episodes for noninfective gastroenteritis and colitis were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.53% (277,853) of hospital bed days were for noninfective gastroenteritis and colitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • Hospitalization statistics in Australia for public hospitals:
    • 0.28% (55) of hospital episodes for noninfective gastroenteritis and colitis in public hospitals occurred in females under 1 year old in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 0.59% (116) of hospital episodes for noninfective gastroenteritis and colitis in public hospitals occurred in females aged 1 to 4 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 0.61% (120) of hospital episodes for noninfective gastroenteritis and colitis in public hospitals occurred in females aged 5 to 14 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 10.74% (2,120) of hospital episodes for noninfective gastroenteritis and colitis in public hospitals occurred in females aged 15 to 24 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 15.24% (3,010) of hospital episodes for noninfective gastroenteritis and colitis in public hospitals occurred in females aged 25 to 34 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 12.8% (2,535) of hospital episodes for noninfective gastroenteritis and colitis in public hospitals occurred in females aged 35 to 44 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 14.27% (2,818) of hospital episodes for noninfective gastroenteritis and colitis in public hospitals occurred in females aged 45 to 54 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 13.42% (2,649) of hospital episodes for noninfective gastroenteritis and colitis in public hospitals occurred in females aged 55 to 64 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 13.06% (2,579) of hospital episodes for noninfective gastroenteritis and colitis in public hospitals occurred in females aged 65 to 74 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 12.97% (2,561) of hospital episodes for noninfective gastroenteritis and colitis in public hospitals occurred in females aged 75 to 84 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 5.99% (1,183) of hospital episodes for noninfective gastroenteritis and colitis in public hospitals occurred in females aged over 85 in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)


Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Viral Gastroenteritis: DVRD

Last revision: Oct 28, 2003

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