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The returned traveller with diarrhoea.
Aust Fam Physician. 2007 May; 36(5):322-7.AF

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Traveller's diarrhoea is among the most frequently reported problems for travellers. Prevention remains a challenge in travellers and the appropriate management of traveller's diarrhoea remains paramount.

OBJECTIVE

This article provides an overview of the general approach to diarrhoea in the returned traveller, including identification of common causes and management.

DISCUSSION

The most common causes of traveller's diarrhoea are bacterial contamination of food and water, particularly with enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli. Most cases of traveller's diarrhoea are mild, are of short duration and do not require antibiotic treatment. Where the diarrhoea is severe, bloody and/or prolonged, then laboratory investigation is necessary. Where the patient is severely ill and possibly septicaemic, blood culture is mandatory. Presently, one of the most useful groups of the antibiotics routinely available for treatment is the fluoroquinolones.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Discipline of Pathology, University of Tasmania, Australia. j.m.goldsmid@utas.edu.auNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17492065

Citation

Goldsmid, John M., and Peter A. Leggat. "The Returned Traveller With Diarrhoea." Australian Family Physician, vol. 36, no. 5, 2007, pp. 322-7.
Goldsmid JM, Leggat PA. The returned traveller with diarrhoea. Aust Fam Physician. 2007;36(5):322-7.
Goldsmid, J. M., & Leggat, P. A. (2007). The returned traveller with diarrhoea. Australian Family Physician, 36(5), 322-7.
Goldsmid JM, Leggat PA. The Returned Traveller With Diarrhoea. Aust Fam Physician. 2007;36(5):322-7. PubMed PMID: 17492065.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The returned traveller with diarrhoea. AU - Goldsmid,John M, AU - Leggat,Peter A, PY - 2007/5/12/pubmed PY - 2007/6/30/medline PY - 2007/5/12/entrez SP - 322 EP - 7 JF - Australian family physician JO - Aust Fam Physician VL - 36 IS - 5 N2 - BACKGROUND: Traveller's diarrhoea is among the most frequently reported problems for travellers. Prevention remains a challenge in travellers and the appropriate management of traveller's diarrhoea remains paramount. OBJECTIVE: This article provides an overview of the general approach to diarrhoea in the returned traveller, including identification of common causes and management. DISCUSSION: The most common causes of traveller's diarrhoea are bacterial contamination of food and water, particularly with enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli. Most cases of traveller's diarrhoea are mild, are of short duration and do not require antibiotic treatment. Where the diarrhoea is severe, bloody and/or prolonged, then laboratory investigation is necessary. Where the patient is severely ill and possibly septicaemic, blood culture is mandatory. Presently, one of the most useful groups of the antibiotics routinely available for treatment is the fluoroquinolones. SN - 0300-8495 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17492065/The_returned_traveller_with_diarrhoea_ L2 - http://www.racgp.org.au/afp/200705/16223 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -