Chronic and recurrent diarrhoea

  • Michael Lancaster-Smith
  • Kenneth G. D. Williams
Part of the Problems in Practice Series book series (PRIP, volume 7)


There is no strict definition of diarrhoea, but the term is probably best restricted to describe excessive amounts of poorly formed stool. The definition of ‘chronic’ in such cases is not exact but includes those where the history is measured in weeks rather than days. In many cases there have been recurrent episodes over several years. This category, therefore, excludes most of the infective causes of bowel disease which have been dealt with in Chapter 5, Acute diarrhoea.


Inflammatory Bowel Disease Irritable Bowel Syndrome Anorexia Nervosa Diverticular Disease Barium Enema 
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© M. Lancaster-Smith 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Lancaster-Smith
    • 1
  • Kenneth G. D. Williams
    • 2
  1. 1.Queen Mary’s HospitalSidcup, KentUK
  2. 2.Farnborough HospitalOrpington, KentUK

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