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J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2013 Jun;56(6):641-4. doi: 10.1097/MPG.0b013e3182868946.

Calcium ameliorates diarrhea in immunocompromised children.

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Department of Pediatrics, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32610, USA. sam.cheng@ufl.edu

Abstract

Treatment of infectious diarrheas remains a challenge, particularly in immunocompromised patients in whom infections usually persist and resultant diarrhea is often severe and protracted. Children with infectious diarrhea who become dehydrated are normally treated with oral or intravenous rehydration therapy. Although rehydration therapy can replace the loss of fluid, it does not ameliorate diarrhea. Thus, during the last decades, there has been continuous effort to search for ways to safely stop diarrhea. Herein, we report 3 immunocompromised children who developed severe and/or protracted infectious diarrhea. Their diarrheas were successfully "halted" within 1 to 2 days following the administration of calcium.

PMID:
23343935
PMCID:
PMC4448079
DOI:
10.1097/MPG.0b013e3182868946
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