Diarrhoea and Constipation in Geriatric Practice
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Diarrhoea and Constipation in Geriatric Practice

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Gary R. Andrews
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Preface; Acknowledgements; Contributors; Part I. Defences of the Aging Gastrointestinal Tract: 1. Non-immune defences of the aging gut R. N. Ratnaike; 2. Immune defences of the aging gut R. L. Faust; Part II. Diarrhoea: 3. Pathophysiology of diarrhoea R. N. Ratnaike; 4. History and physical examination R. N. Ratnaike; 5. The investigation of diarrhoea J. E. Buttery, P. J. Lawson, R. N. Ratnaike and A. B. Utturkar; 6. Faecal incontinence L. Mykyta; 7. Drug-induced diarrhoea R. N. Ratnaike and T. E. Jones; 8. Aetiology of infectious diarrhoea R. N. Ratnaike and D. F. M. Looke; 9. Specific infectious conditions R. N. Ratnaike; 10. An overview of management of infectious diarrhoea R. N. Ratnaike; Part III. Non-infectious Clinical Entities: 11. Coeliac disease A. G. Cummins; 12. Inflammatory disorders of the colon I. C. Roberts-Thomson; 13. Neoplasia and diarrhoea J. Cooper; 14. Irritable bowel syndrome W. M. H. Goh and R. N. Ratnaike; 15. Endocrine, metabolic and miscellaneous causes of diarrhoea J. E. Buttery and R. N. Ratnaike; Part IV. Constipation: 16. Constipation: aetiology and diagnosis M. C. Woodward; 17. Constipation: Issues of management M. C. Woodward; Part V. Perspectives of Altered Bowel Function: 18. Issues of nutrition I. Darnton-Hill, S. K. Suomela and N. V. K. Nair; 19. The nursing care of older people with diarrhoea and constipation T. Koch, P. F. Sando and S. Hudson; Index.
This textbook provides a practical and comprehensive account of the management of diarrhea and constipation in the elderly. These common disorders 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. The chapters include updates on pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment, and highlight the vulnerability of the elderly to diarrhea and its complications. The etiology of diarrhea is explained, including infections of the gastrointestinal tract, and systemic diseases of which it is a symptom. The authors represent diverse disciplines: immunology, physiology, microbiology, nutrition, and psychiatry. The book is aimed at geriatricians, general practitioners, gastroenterologists, and allied health workers.