Nutritional status, body size and severity of diarrhoea associated with rotavirus or enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli

Robert E Black, M. H. Merson, A. Eusof, I. Huq, R. Pollard

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Children with severe malnutrition have an increased risk of death from diarrhoea. To determine if the clinical manifestations of specific types of diarrhoea differed according to the nutritional status or size (weight and length) of the patient, we studied children with acute diarrhoea associated with rotavirus or enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli. In this study we found that a child's body size, which was determined by his age and nutritional status, was a significant predictor of his rate of stool output per kilogram of body weight. Thus, children who are small because of young age and/or malnutrition appear to lose a greater proportion of their total fluid volume during diarrhoea and might be expected to have a higher frequency of severe dehydration and death, if untreated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-89
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume87
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes

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Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli
Rotavirus
nutritional status
Body Size
Nutritional Status
Dehydration
Escherichia coli
Diarrhea
body size
Fluids
malnutrition
Malnutrition
dehydration
Body Weight
Weights and Measures
fluid

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  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases

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Nutritional status, body size and severity of diarrhoea associated with rotavirus or enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli. / Black, Robert E; Merson, M. H.; Eusof, A.; Huq, I.; Pollard, R.

In: Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Vol. 87, No. 2, 1984, p. 83-89.

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