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Diarrhoea and Vomiting Caused by Gastroenteritis: Diagnosis, Assessment and Management in Children Younger than 5 Years

Diarrhoea and Vomiting Caused by Gastroenteritis: Diagnosis, Assessment and Management in Children Younger than 5 Years

NICE Clinical Guidelines - National Collaborating Centre for Women's and Children's Health (UK)

Version: April 2009

Antibiotic therapy

Gastroenteritis is most often caused by a viral enteric pathogen, and even in those with bacterial or protozoal infections the disease is generally self-limiting. Treatment has usually been recommended for dysenteric shigellosis and amoebiasis, cholera, pseudomembranous colitis, and for some other organisms in particular circumstances. The evidence relating to the use of antibiotics in young children with gastroenteritis was reviewed with a view to making recommendations on good practice.

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What investigations, if any, are useful to the diagnosis of gastroenteritis in children under 5?

Evidence tables

Rotavirus vs. Protozoa vs. Bacteria vs. Mixed infection

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