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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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Suggest treatment for chronic diarrhea

My 44 year old daughter was just taken to the ER. She started have diarrhea earlier but a couple of hours ago her hands twisted up. She was concerned about dehydration but the hands turning up scares me. She is in excellent health, does not use drugs or drink, is married with two kids.
Thu, 26 Mar 2015
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Diabetologist 's  Response
Though looking scary, it may not be so serious.
Twisting of hands in your daughter case is called as tetany and is due to low calcium levels or dehydration.

As you have not mentioned regarding her consciousness, it unlikely convulsions or seizures.

Also you have not mentioned
the duration of diarrhea, but in main question there is mentioned chronic diarrhea.

Hypocalcemia ie. Low calcium may present in chronic diarrhea along with deficiency of other nutrients. But in that case there may be other signs of malnutrition like weight loss, low hemoglobin ie anemia.
So better to do stool Examination, complete blood counts, liver function test, kidney function test, blood levels of micronutrients, vitamin, ultrasonography of abdomen may help in diagnosis.

Though some time anxiety with hyperventilation (rapid shall respiration) may also cause tetany.

I hope with information provided by me, you will be satisfied.

Dr Abhay Mali
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