Chronic non-specific diarrhoea in childhood: How often is it iatrogenic?

P. Boehm, G. Nassimbeni, A. Ventura

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Epidemiological data, the appropriateness of the medical approach, the effectiveness of unrestricted diet and the subsequent course of chronic non- specific diarrhoea (CNSD) were evaluated in 20 children, mean age at diagnosis 4.7 y, and mean duration of diarrhoea 24 months. A mean of 2.4 previous hospital admissions and a mean of 2.5 diagnoses other than CNSD were recorded per child before admission. On admission, 14/20 were following an elimination diet and 8/20 had an inadequate caloric intake; 16/20 had a weight/height ratio below the 50th percentile. In all cases a normal diet prescribed during hospitalization improved the diarrhoea and increased weight. A telephone interview performed 5.6 y after discharge revealed that in 10/20 of the cases, the parents were disappointed with the unrestricted diet prescribed during hospitalization. Nevertheless they reported that CNSD stopped spontaneously in a mean time of 1.7 y.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-271
Number of pages4
JournalActa Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • Chronic non-specific diarrhoea
  • Doctor shopping
  • Unrestricted diet

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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