About the book
Diarrhea is a common symptom, encountered in a multitude of conditions. Its assessment and management can be challenging tasks for clinicians. Discovering the underlying mechanisms of diarrhea in recent years has enabled a targeted approach to its etiologic diagnosis and treatment. Numerous gastrointestinal and systemic conditions may present with diarrhea, therefore the differential diagnosis may be difficult and time-consuming. To facilitate the clinical approach and etiologic diagnosis, the practitioner should classify diarrheal syndromes into acute and chronic, and further subgroup chronic diarrhea according to stool characteristics.
This book aims to present the most recent data regarding the pathophysiological and clinical classification of diarrhea, a modern evaluation of patients with diarrhea, and a novel approach to the specific conditions associated with diarrhea. Finally, the book should help practitioners for the best management of patients with diarrhea. The book proposes to include the following topics, without being limited to them.