Medline ® Abstract for Reference 57
of 'Management of acute chemotherapy-related diarrhea'
Diarrhea in terminally ill patients: pathophysiology and treatment.
J Pain Symptom Manage. 1995 May;10(4):298-309.
Diarrhea is a distressing symptom that limits the quality of life in terminally ill patients. In these patients, many factors can affect intestinal secretion, absorption, and motility, including drugs, infective agents, antibiotics, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery, malnutrition, neuroendocrine tumors, and mechanical bowel obstruction. Diarrhea can result in water and electrolyte losses. This review discusses the pathophysiology, assessment, and treatment of diarrhea in advanced cancer patients.
Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Buccheri La Ferla Fatebenefratelli Hospital, Palermo, Italy.