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Doctor insights on: What Does Acute Gastroenteritis Mean

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Dr. David Cohen
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Stomach Flu (Definition)

Viral gastroenteritis is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces and foods that are carrying the virus. Symptoms include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Sometimes ...Read more


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What is acute gastroenteritis? Stomach/intestine trouble?

What is acute gastroenteritis? Stomach/intestine trouble?

Gastroenteritis is: usually a viral illness (but can be bacterial) affecting GI tract. Sx's: diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps/pain, headaches, muscular aches, pains & fever (low grade). Bloody stools are not usually associated with gastroenteritis. According to the CDC, viral gastroenteritis usually has a duration of 1 to 10 days (depending on the specific virus). Average is 1 to 3 days. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the pathophysiology of acute gastroenteritis?

Can you tell me the pathophysiology of acute gastroenteritis?

Acute vs. recurrent?: 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), many viruses & bacteria.What R UR symptoms? ...Read more

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Would acute gastroenteritis cause elevated neutrophil % and low lymphocyte %?

Would acute gastroenteritis cause elevated neutrophil % and low lymphocyte %?

Most definitiely: If you have been vomiting a lot, your body gets stressed. This "stress response" is suggested when your neutrophils spike up at the expense of your lymphocytes. ...Read more

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What is a nursing diagnosis for a patient with acute gastroenteritis and severe dehydration?

What is a nursing diagnosis for a patient with acute gastroenteritis and severe dehydration?

A/N/V/dizziness: If i understand question correctly, the nursing diagnosis should mainly address the actual signs and symptoms. So, severe dehydration should not be nursing diagnosis since technically you may call volume depletion by mistake a dehydration. But would be appropriate to say dizziness, weakness, low blood pressure as these are not disputable and not amenable to error. ...Read more

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Can bacterial/acute gastroenteritis be transmitted to my girlfriend if i kiss her? I'm currently in the last stages of my treatment.

Can bacterial/acute gastroenteritis be transmitted to my girlfriend if i kiss her? I'm currently in the last stages of my treatment.

Difficult to tell: Bacterial gastroenteritis is an unusual disease in the usa. Far more likely viral. Either way, kissing would be an unusual means of transmission and would depend on so many variable factors that it would be very tough to determine the risks without knowing exactly what you had. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

Gastroenteritis is a loose term denoting inflammation of the stomach and small ...Read more