To the Editor: Drs. Blacklow and Cukor have excellently reviewed the subject of viral gastroenteritis in the February 12 issue.1 We are afraid, however, that clinicians reading the article may think that the standard treatment of patients with rotavirus diarrhea is intravenous therapy. In one section they state, “With parenteral fluid replacement and restriction of oral fluids, diarrhea ceases in an average of four to 5 days. “What is not mentioned is that treatment with oral fluids alone results in an identical course.2 Later, in describing the therapy for rotavirus diarrhea, they recommend hospitalization for parenteral fluid therapy in patients with.
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