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Diarrhoea and Constipation in Geriatric Practice - Ranjit N. Ratnaike

Diarrhoea and Constipation in Geriatric Practice

By: Ranjit N. Ratnaike (Editor), Gary R. Andrews (Foreword by)

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Published: 12th August 1999
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This textbook provides a practical and comprehensive account of the management of diarrhoea and constipation in the elderly. These common disorders in the elderly are not only a burden in themselves but are often manifestations of a more serious underlying illness: thus effective diagnosis and treatment are essential to improve quality of life. Many important conditions are associated with diarrhoea. The text includes updates on pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment, and highlights the vulnerability of the elderly in regard to acquiring diarrhoea and its complications. The aetiology of diarrhoea is explained, including infections of the gastrointestinal tract, and systemic diseases of which diarrhoea is a manifestation. Diverse disciplines are spanned: from immunology and physiology to microbiology, nutrition and psychiatry. The aetiology, diagnosis and treatment of constipation are dealt with, emphasising practical management issues. The book is aimed at geriatricians, general practitioners and allied health workers.

'The aetiology, underlying conditions, pathogenesis and management issues of diarrhoea and constipation are described in a lucid, easily understood manner highlighting the vulnerability of the elderly to certain pathological conditions ... This is an excellent book to be acquired not only by geriatricians but also by general medical practitioners. Saudi Medical Journal

Preface
Acknowledgements
Contributors
Defences of the Aging Gastrointestinal Tract
Non-immune defences of the aging gut
Immune defences of the aging gut
Diarrhoea
Pathophysiology of diarrhoea
History and physical examination
The investigation of diarrhoea
Faecal incontinence
Drug-induced diarrhoea
Aetiology of infectious diarrhoea
Specific infectious conditions
Non-infectious Clinical Entities
Coeliac disease
Inflammatory disorders of the colon
Neoplasia and diarrhoea
Irritable bowel syndrome
Endocrine, metabolic and miscellaneous causes of diarrhoea
Constipation
Constipation: aetiology and diagnosis
Constipation: Issues of management
Perspectives of Altered Bowel function
Issues of nutrition
The nursing care of older people with diarrhoea and constipation
Index
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ISBN: 9780521653886
ISBN-10: 0521653886
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 12th August 1999
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.38 x 17.27  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.52