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Flashcards in Altered bowel habit Deck (10):
1

Weight loss, blood in stool, older person

Colorectal cancer

2

Acute onset of diarrheoa, nausea and vomiting

Gastroenteritis

3

Blood/mucus in stool, abdominal pain

Inflammatory bowel disease

4

Fluctuation between constipation and diarrhoea, abdominal pain, anxious personality

Irritable bowel syndrome

5

Diarrhoea + tremor + irratability + heat intolerance

Hyperthryoidism

6

Constipation + lethargy + cold intolerance

Hypothyroidism

7

Drugs commonly causing altered bowel habit

Opiates
Iron tablets
Antacids
Antibiotics

8

Steatorrhoea + abdominal pain + anaemia

Coeliac disease

9

Possible investigations in diarrhoea?

Stool culture
FBC and CRP
U&Es
Coeliac serology

Suggestion of overflow- sigmoidoscopy/colonoscopy +/- biopsy

10

Management of diarrhoea? (3)

Treat underlying cause if possible
Loperamide
Maintain fluid intake- IV fluids with U&E monitoring may be required