A 15-year-old female asked:
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if you don't get gastroenteritis for years does the immune system become less efficient at fighting it and thus causing severe symptoms when infected?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Consider this...: Lots of things can cause GI distress to recur--incompletely treated infection (e.g. Giardia) or re-exposure with re-infection; maldigestion (pancreatic insufficiency) or malabsorption (celiac sprue); food intolerances with re-exposure to the offending substance (lactose, sorbitol, etc.), irritable bowel syndrome, missed diagnosis (incomplete evaluation), non-gi related problems (uti, pid, etc.).
Answered on Mar 11, 2016

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