secretory diarrhea


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Related to secretory diarrhea: cholera, osmotic diarrhea

secretory diarrhea

voluminous water diarrhea as occurs in association with cholera, in which the toxin stimulates intestinal secretion.

secretory diarrhea

Diarrhea in which there is a large volume of fecal output caused by abnormalities of the movement of fluid and electrolytes into the intestinal lumen. This can be caused by hormonal abnormalities present in disorders such as carcinoid syndrome, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, certain types of pancreatic adenomas, and medullary carcinomas of the thyroid.
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Stool osmotic gap was found to be 32 mosm/L (secretory diarrhea) and reducing substance and fat were found to be negative in stool.
It leads to secretory diarrhea, water and weight loss by preventing sodium, chlorine and water absorption in the intestines.
(2) Secretory diarrhea was the most common etiology overall in the 2 series (21% and 45%, respectively).
TABLE MAJOR CAUSES OF CHRONIC DIARRHEA CLASSIFIED BY TYPICAL STOOL CHARACTERISTICS (6) Osmotic diarrhea [Mg.sup.2+], P[O.sub.4.sup.-3], S[O.sub.4.sup.-2] ingestion Carbohydrate malabsorption Fatty diarrhea Pancreatic disease Short-bowel syndrome Postgastrectomy syndrome Hyperthyroidism Cholestasis Other malabsorption syndromes Inflammatory diarrhea Inflammatory bowel disease Infectious diseases Ischemic colitis Radiation colitis Neoplasia Secretory diarrhea Irritable bowel syndrome Laxative abuse Fecal incontinence Congenital syndromes (chloridorrhea) Idiopathic secretory diarrhea Bacterial toxins Drugs and poisons Disordered motility Neuroendocrine tumors Neoplasia Addison's disease Epidemic secretory (Brainerd) diarrhea REFERENCES
The patient was seen on 23 July 1999 while suffering memory impairment, mild confusion, severe bifrontal throbbing headache, intermittent cramping, profuse secretory diarrhea, nonproductive cough, fatigue, and abdominal pain (Table 2).
Higher frequencies of Cryptosporidium infection are observed in immunocompromised humans, and the main clinical pattern of the infection in these persons is a chronic, life-threatening secretory diarrhea (2).