Basic Summary for Viral gastroenteritis


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Main name of condition: Viral gastroenteritis
Other names or spellings: Digestive viral infection


What is Viral gastroenteritis?
  Brief description of Viral gastroenteritis: Virus causing gastroenteritis of digestive tract.
  Parent types of Viral gastroenteritis: Digestive Diseases, Gastroenteritis, Viral diseases, Viral digestive infections, Stomach Conditions
  Organs Affected by Viral gastroenteritis: gastrointestinal, stomach, intestines, digestive
  Types of Viral gastroenteritis: Rotavirus, Enteroviruses, Adenoviruses, Caliciviruses, Astroviruses, Norwalk virus, Norwalk-like viruses
Who gets Viral gastroenteritis?
  Profile for Viral gastroenteritis: Viral gastroenteritis occurs in people of all ages and backgrounds.1 ... Adenoviruses and astroviruses cause diarrhea mostly in young children, but older children and adults can also be affected.1
How serious is Viral gastroenteritis?
  Prognosis of Viral gastroenteritis: People who get viral gastroenteritis almost always recover completely without any long-term problems. Gastroenteritis is a serious illness, however, for persons who are unable to drink enough fluids to replace what they lose through vomiting or diarrhea. Infants, young children, and persons who are unable to care for themselves, such as the disabled or elderly, are at risk for dehydration from loss of fluids. Immune compromised persons are at risk for dehydration because they may get a more serious illness, with greater vomiting or diarrhea. They may need to be hospitalized for treatment to correct or prevent dehydration. 1
  Complications of Viral gastroenteritis: see complications of Viral gastroenteritis
What causes Viral gastroenteritis?
  Causes of Viral 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
  Class of Condition for Viral gastroenteritis: viral
  Causes of Viral gastroenteritis: see causes of Viral gastroenteritis
  Risk factors for Viral gastroenteritis: see risk factors for Viral gastroenteritis
What are the symptoms of Viral gastroenteritis?
  Incubation period for Viral gastroenteritis: 1 to 2 days
  Incubation period for Viral gastroenteritis: In general, the symptoms begin 1 to 2 days following infection with a virus that causes gastroenteritis1
  Duration of Viral gastroenteritis: 1 to 10 days
  Duration of Viral gastroenteritis: may last for 1 to 10 days, depending on which virus causes the illness.1
  Symptoms of Viral gastroenteritis: see symptoms of Viral gastroenteritis
Can anyone else get Viral gastroenteritis?
  More information: see contagiousness of Viral gastroenteritis
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Viral gastroenteritis: see treatments for Viral gastroenteritis
  Prevention of Viral gastroenteritis: see prevention of Viral gastroenteritis

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Viral Gastroenteritis: DVRD

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