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what causes diarrhea?

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Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
The basics: Intestinal contents within the small intestines are a loose watery consistency. When the water extraction/recovery function of the large intestines has not happened, diarrhea occurs. This can be triggered by infection, a reaction to foods, medications or other factors. Recovery occurs when the content movement speed slows & water extraction occurs.
Answered on May 16, 2019

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