• Marinko MarušićEmail author
  • Rosana Troskot Perić
  • Nikolina Tolj Karaula
Part of the Clinical Gastroenterology book series (CG)


The management of enteropathy in diabetes represents a challenge today and often requires a multidisciplinary approach. Current therapies are mostly symptomatic, suboptimal, and in some cases ineffective (Ördög et al., Minerva gastroenterologica e dietologica 55:315–43, 2009; Maisey, Diabetes Ther 7:379–86, 2016). Diarrhea is a less common gastrointestinal abnormality than constipation in patients with diabetes, but it is clinically more relevant and troubling (Sellin and Chang, Nat Clin Pract Gastroenterol Hepatol 5:162–71, 2008). The management of patients with diabetic diarrhea should focus on general supportive measures, symptomatic treatment, and treatment of underlying cause. Constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal complication in patients with diabetes. There is no specific therapy for diabetes-related constipation, and the majority of patients are treated in the same way as patients with idiopathic chronic constipation (Sellin and Chang, Nat Clin Pract Gastroenterol Hepatol 5:162–71, 2008). Better glycemic control may be of some benefit, but the overall management is challenging (Attaluri et al., Aliment Pharmacol Ther 33:822–8, 2011). Fecal incontinence is a common gastrointestinal complication of patients with diabetes, but infrequently reported. The management of fecal incontinence in diabetes includes supportive care, medical therapy, behavioral measures, and more invasive surgical options.


Diabetic enteropathy Intestinal dysfunction Diarrhea Fecal incontinence Constipation Diabetes Gastrointestinal abnormalities 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marinko Marušić
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Rosana Troskot Perić
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Nikolina Tolj Karaula
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Hepatology and GastroenterologyUniversity Hospital Sveti DuhZagrebCroatia
  2. 2.J.J. Strossmayer University of Osijek, Medical SchoolOsijekCroatia
  3. 3.Faculty of Health StudiesUniversity of RijekaRijekaCroatia
  4. 4.Department of Internal MedicineGH Zabok and Croatian Veterans HospitalZabokCroatia

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