Stool electrolyte content and purging rates in diarrhea caused by rotavirus, enterotoxigenic E. coli and V. cholerae in children

A. Majid Molla, Mizanur Rhman, S. Alam Sarker, David A. Sack, Ayesha Molla

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Abstract

One hundred twenty children below 5 years of age with diarrhea caused by Vibrio cholerae, enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli, or rotavirus were studied for stool electrolyte composition and purging rates. The mean purging rate in cholera was 60.1 ml, in ETEC 39.2 ml, and inrotavirus infection 31.4 ml/kg/8 hour. The mean stool sodium concentration in cholera was 88.9 mMol/L, in ETEC 53.7 mMol/L, and in rotavirus infection 37.2 mMol/L. Stool potassium concentration did not show much variation. Mean CO2 concentration in rotavirus infection was 6 mMol/L, significantly lower than in cholera and in ETEC diarrhea. In cholera, stool sidium concentration increased significantly with increase in puring rates; the same was not true in rotavirus and ETEC diarrhea. These differences are considered important factors in formulating replacement therapy in diarrhea.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)835-838
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Pediatrics
Volume98
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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