Colon non tumor
Colitis (non-infectious)
Diarrhea / dysentery-general

Author: Hanni Gulwani, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 21 December 2016, last major update May 2013

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Definition / General
  • Normal intestines receive 9 liters of fluid per day (oral intake: 2 L, saliva: 1L, gastric juices: 2L, pancreatic juices: 2L, intestinal juices: 1L); most is reabsorbed in small intestine and colon
Terminology
Etiology
  • Infectious (viral damage to epithelium): enteric adenoviruses, Norwalk virus, rotavirus
  • Infectious (enterotoxin): Bacillus cereus, Clostridium perfringens, E. coli, Vibrio cholera
  • Neoplasm: tumor production of peptides, villous adenoma in distal colon
  • Excessive laxatives

Causes of specific types of diarrhea:
  • Osmotic diarrhea: gut luminal solutes create high stool osmolality, abates with fasting; caused by lactase deficiency, lactulose therapy, gut lavage, antacids, primary bile acid malabsorption
  • Exudative disease: purulent bloody stools, persist with fasting; caused by bacteria (Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter), Entamoeba histolytica, idiopathic inflammatory bowel disease, typhlitis (neutropenic colitis in immunosuppressed)
  • Malabsorption: bulky stools, abates with fasting; caused by defective intraluminal digestion, primary mucosal cell abnormalities, reduced small intestinal surface area, lymphatic obstruction, Giardia lamblia (PubMed Health - Malabsorption Syndromes, Wikipedia - Malabsorption)
  • Deranged motility: improper gut neuromuscular function; caused by surgical resection of gut (decreased transit time), irritable bowel syndrome (neural dysfunction), hyperthyroidism, diabetic neuropathy, carcinoid syndrome; small intestine diverticula (decreased motility), blind loop, bacterial overgrowth
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Chronic diarrhea

CD117 and FOXP3 in lamina propria