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Can gastroenteritis be fatal?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes but not commonly

Acute gastroenteritis is extremely common & most cases resolve on their own with simple support care.
(many cases of "stomach bug" or the inaccurately-titled "stomach flu" are mild cases of food poisoning.) way, it's still a pain in the gut w/ similar symptoms & similar care. More serious infections do occur, especially in countries or areas w/ poor sanitation. More sick or lasting, see your doc.

In brief: Yes but not commonly

Acute gastroenteritis is extremely common & most cases resolve on their own with simple support care.
(many cases of "stomach bug" or the inaccurately-titled "stomach flu" are mild cases of food poisoning.) way, it's still a pain in the gut w/ similar symptoms & similar care. More serious infections do occur, especially in countries or areas w/ poor sanitation. More sick or lasting, see your doc.
Dr. Gregg Alexander
Dr. Gregg Alexander
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Gastroenteritis (dysentery in some places) is one of the leading causes of childhood morbidity in the third world.
Simple management & access to clean re-hydration fluids can save most, but it is an issue world wide & occasionally leads to dehydration deaths in the us.

In brief: Yes

Gastroenteritis (dysentery in some places) is one of the leading causes of childhood morbidity in the third world.
Simple management & access to clean re-hydration fluids can save most, but it is an issue world wide & occasionally leads to dehydration deaths in the us.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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