Wednesday, December 07, 2005

What is spurious diarrhoea?

In severe constipation where the lowest part of the large bowel (rectum) is very full, small amounts of liquid bowel contents may leak past the solid stool giving rise to a kind of diarrhoea. Treatment involves emptying the bowel using laxatives or enemas.

(Irritable bowel syndrome, faecal incontinence, coeliac disease, and spurious diarrhoea due to constipation in childhood are discussed seperately).

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