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What causes prolonged diarrhea?

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Posted on Mon, 14 Jul 2014
Question: twenty days of ongoing diharea, what are all the possibilities?
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Answered by Dr. Hardik Thakker (34 minutes later)
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Dear XXXXXXX

Greetings from health care magic!!! I am Dr Thakker and shall be answering your question.

I will try my best to help you out with your question.

The following are the causes of subacute and chronic diarrhoea which last more than 20 days:

Giardiasis

Tropical sprue

Celiac disease

Inflammatory bowel disease

Irritable bowel syndrome diarrhoea predominant

Chronic pancreatitis

Blind loop syndrome

Worm infestations.

The next step in evaluation is stool routine, microscopy and fecal fat count. This will be followed by imaging studies and colonscopy.


I hope this helps you out. If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to write back to me.

Yours sincerely,
Dr Thakker.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
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Follow up: Dr. Hardik Thakker (12 minutes later)
can this be a sign of any STDs or HIV?
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Answered by Dr. Hardik Thakker (10 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Yes it can occur in HIV, STD

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Dear XXXXXXX

Chronic diarrhoea is an AIDS defining illness and it occurs in advanced stage of HIV. Giardiasis, shigella dysentery is known to occur as a result of unprotected rimming during coitus. Do you have a history of unsafe sexual exposure and or rimming?

If you are very anxious, you can have yourself tested for HIV elisa and the stool examination.

I hope this helps you out. If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to write back to me.

Yours sincerely,
Dr Thakker.



Dr Thakker.
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Brief Answer: Please read detailed reply Detailed Answer: Dear XXXXXXX Greetings from health care magic!!! I am Dr Thakker and shall be answering your question. I will try my best to help you out with your question. The following are the causes of subacute and chronic diarrhoea which last more than 20 days: Giardiasis Tropical sprue Celiac disease Inflammatory bowel disease Irritable bowel syndrome diarrhoea predominant Chronic pancreatitis Blind loop syndrome Worm infestations. The next step in evaluation is stool routine, microscopy and fecal fat count. This will be followed by imaging studies and colonscopy. I hope this helps you out. If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to write back to me. Yours sincerely, Dr Thakker.