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Symptoms and signs of lower gastrointestinal disease

Schofield, M; Emmanuel, A; (2019) Symptoms and signs of lower gastrointestinal disease. Medicine , 47 (4) pp. 213-218. 10.1016/j.mpmed.2019.01.002. Green open access

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Abstract

This chapter provides a physiological basis for understanding a practical approach to patients presenting with the lower gastrointestinal symptoms. These symptoms can arise from disturbances of gut motility (diarrhoea, constipation), coordination and function of the anorectum (evacuation difficulty, faecal incontinence) and structural deficits of the hindgut (rectal bleeding). Abdominal pain is a common presentation, and can be related to physiological or anatomical changes in the gut. This chapter describes the clinical assessment of such patients to discern the likeliest diagnosis of their abdominal pain.

Type: Article
Title: Symptoms and signs of lower gastrointestinal disease
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.mpmed.2019.01.002
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mpmed.2019.01.002
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhoea, faecal incontinence, MRCP
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine > Inst for Liver and Digestive Hlth
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10076921
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