Causes of Gastroenteritis


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Cause 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

Underlying condition causes of Gastroenteritis: The list of possible underlying conditions (see also Misdiagnosis of underlying causes of Gastroenteritis) mentioned in various sources as possible causes of Gastroenteritis includes:

Related information for causes of Gastroenteritis: Further relevant information on causes of Gastroenteritis may be found in the risk factors for Gastroenteritis and underlying causes of Gastroenteritis.

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Viral Gastroenteritis: DVRD

Last revision: Oct 28, 2003

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