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Cryptosporidiosis is a diarrheal disease caused by microscopic parasites, Cryptosporidium, that can live in the intestine of humans and animals and is passed in the stool of an infected person or animal. Both the disease and the parasite are commonly known as "Crypto." The parasite is protected by an outer shell that allows it to survive outside the body for long periods of time and makes it very resistant to chlorine-based disinfectants. Duri Read More
- Gastroenteritis (stomach flu)
The stomach, small intestine and large intestine (colon) are part of your digestive tract, which processes the foods you eat. Viral gastroenteritis is an inflammation of these organs caused by a virus.
Although it's commonly called stomach flu, gastroenteritis isn't the same as influenza. The flu (influenza) affects only your respiratory system — your nose, throat and lungs. Gastroenteritis, on the other hand, attacks your intest Read More
- Glucose galactose malabsorption
A deficiency in the transport of glucose and galactose across the intestinal lining results in the rare metabolic condition known as glucose galactose malabsorption (GGM). If lactose (milk sugar), sucrose (table sugar), glucose, and galactose are not eliminated from the diet, GGM is characterised by severe diarrhea and dehydration. If these sugars are not eliminated, GGM can quickly lead to death. However, up to 10% of people could have a litt Read More
- Norovirus infection
There's no specific treatment for norovirus infection. Recovery generally depends on the health of your immune system. In most people, the illness usually resolves within a few days.
- Trichinosis (trichinellosis)
After you eat roundworm (trichinella) larvae, they grow into adult worms in your small intestine. The adults then produce larvae that move through the bloodstream to muscle tissues, shown here.
Signs and symptoms of trichinosis infection and how severe the infection is can vary. This depends on the number of larvae eaten in the infected meat.
Possibly no signs or symptoms
Mild cases of trichinosis — those with onl Read More
- Whipple disease
Digestive signs and symptoms are common in Whipple disease and may include:
Stomach cramping and pain, which may worsen after meals
Weight loss, associated with the malabsorption of nutrients
Other frequent signs and symptoms associated with Whipple disease include:
Inflamed joints, particularly the ankles, knees and wrists