epidemic viral gastroenteritis
Also found in: Encyclopedia.
epidemic viral gastroenteritisGastroenteritis presumed to be of viral etiology and epidemic in nature; EVG is most common in children, occurs in the winter months, and resolves in 1-3 days Etiology
1. Norwalk and Norwalk-like agents–eg Hawaii, Snow Mountain, Montgomery agents, most common.
4. 'Also-rans', including Cockle, Paramatta, Wollan, et al Clinical N&V, diarrhea, abdominal discomfort, anorexia, headache, malaise, low-grade fever; EVG rarely requires hospitalization; it may kill the elderly– 2 typical patterns: 1. Nonfebrile, confined to the GI tract; 2. Febrile and systemic Treatment Fluids.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.