Assessment of a patient with diarrhoea, medical history

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            How long has the patient been suffering from diarrhoea? Is it acute (<14d)>14d)?

            Is there blood or pus in the faeces (microscopy if necessary), or is it watery diarrhoea ?

            Is there fever?

Additional questions are:

Is there tenesmus? Suggests that the rectum has been affected by inflammation or ulceration.

Is there abdominal pain? Not with cholera.

Is the patient vomiting? Makes dehydration worse and makes therapy more difficult.

Are there a number of people in the area with the same symptoms? An epidemic?

Category: Medical Subject Notes , Medicine Notes



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