When material passes too quickly
through the colon not all of the water is absorbed and the
discharge from the bowels will be watery. This is often serious,
leading to severe dehydration and loss of salts. It can often be
fatal if not treated, especially in infants or people already
suffering from another illness.
It can be caused by poisons or indigestible
substances in the intestine, nervous shock or tension. Diarrhoea
will also occur with inflammatory diseases of the intestine, such
as enteritis, colitis, cholera, typhoid fever, bacillary and
amoebic dysentery and intestinal worm infections.
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