Basic Summary for Brainerd diarrhea


Main name of condition: Brainerd diarrhea

What is Brainerd diarrhea?
  Brief description of Brainerd diarrhea: Diarrheal condition of unknown cause.
  Brief description of Brainerd diarrhea: Profuse and chronic watery diarrhea typically associated with urgency and incontinence that begins acutely and lasts from 2-36 months.1
  Parent types of Brainerd diarrhea: Waterborne Diseases
How many people get Brainerd diarrhea?
  Incidence (annual) of Brainerd diarrhea: estimated 5,000-8,000 patients (DBMD)
  Incidence Rate of Brainerd diarrhea: approx 1 in 54,400 or 0.00% or 5,000 people in USA [about data]
  Prevalance of Brainerd diarrhea: An estimated 5,000-8,000 patients with chronic diarrhea clinically similar to Brainerd diarrhea are cared for by U.S. gastroenterologists each year. Approximately every 2 years, CDC investigates an outbreak of Brainerd diarrhea affecting 50-100 people. 1
How serious is Brainerd diarrhea?
  Prognosis of Brainerd diarrhea: Brainerd diarrhea is a self-limited illness. Symptoms may last a year or more, and typically have a waxing and waning course. Long-term follow-up studies have shown complete resolution in virtually all patients by the end of 3 years. There have been no known cases of sequelae or relapse once the illness has completely resolved. 2
  Complications of Brainerd diarrhea: see complications of Brainerd diarrhea
What causes Brainerd diarrhea?
  Causes of Brainerd diarrhea: Despite extensive clinical and laboratory investigations, the cause of Brainerd diarrhea has not yet been identified. Although it is thought to be an infectious agent, intensive searches for bacterial, parasitic, and viral pathogens have been unsuccessful so far. The possibility remains that Brainerd diarrhea is caused by a chemical toxin, but no such toxin has yet been found. 2 ... Untreated water has been implicated in several outbreaks and unpasteurized cow’s milk has been implicated in one. 1
  Causes of Brainerd diarrhea: see causes of Brainerd diarrhea
  Risk factors for Brainerd diarrhea: see risk factors for Brainerd diarrhea
What are the symptoms of Brainerd diarrhea?
  Symptoms of Brainerd diarrhea: see symptoms of Brainerd diarrhea
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Brainerd diarrhea: see treatments for Brainerd diarrhea
  Prevention of Brainerd diarrhea: see prevention of Brainerd diarrhea

1. excerpt from Brainerd Diarrhea: DBMD
2. excerpt from Brainerd Diarrhea General: DBMD

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