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How is the cause of diarrhea diagnosed?

If acute diarrhea lasts several days, diagnostic tests are usually not necessary.  If diarrhea lasts longer than a week, is accompanied by bloody stools, fever, dehydration or severe abdomen pain — seek medical attention.

Medical history, physical examination, stool culture, blood tests, fasting tests or colonoscopy may be used to diagnose the cause of diarrhea.

Causes may include bacteria, parasites, intestinal diseases, food intolerance, allergies etc..  Since there are many causes, tests may be indicated to determine your cause of diarrhea.

Until your symptoms go away, you may want to avoid caffeine, greasy food, high fiber and lactose.

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Recent Blogs

Learn more about all things digestive health and wellness by checking out our recent gastroenterology blogs.

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Colorectal Cancer Screening: What You Should Know

What is Colorectal Cancer? At Digestive Healthcare Center, our team of expert gastroenterologists strives to ensure that patients have all the information they need to promote long term digestive health. In the case of certain gastroenterological conditions such as colorectal cancer, screening is incredibly important. Colorectal cancer starts in the colon (large intestine) or rectum. […]

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August 7, 2020
Gastroparesis Awareness Month – Learn More from DHC

What is Gastroparesis? At Digestive Healthcare Center, we want to ensure that patients have information about an array of digestive health conditions, to promote positive gastrointestinal health year-round. One such condition is gastroparesis, which is a digestive condition that affects the motility of the muscles in your stomach. Normally, after you swallow, the muscles within […]

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March 17, 2020
COVID-19 Update

To all our valued patients at Digestive Healthcare Center and Central Jersey Ambulatory Surgical Center Your health and safety are important to us. To help protect patients and staff, we have designated Digestive Healthcare Center and Central Jersey Ambulatory Surgical Center as a Patient and Staff “SAFE ZONE.” Our SAFE ZONE is defined by the safety […]