What are the signs and symptoms of diarrhea?

Updated: Jan 31, 2020
  • Author: Stefano Guandalini, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Signs and symptoms of diarrhea may include the following:

  • Dehydration: Lethargy, depressed consciousness, sunken anterior fontanel, dry mucous membranes, sunken eyes, lack of tears, poor skin turgor, delayed capillary refill

  • Failure to thrive and malnutrition: Reduced muscle/fat mass or peripheral edema

  • Abdominal pain/cramping

  • Borborygmi

  • Perianal erythema

See Clinical Presentation for more detail.

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