We aimed to determine perceptions of diarrhea in the general population.
We obtained an age-and gender-stratified random sample of Olmsted County, Minnesota, residents aged 20 to 64 yr.
Subjects were mailed a valid self-report questionnaire ; 77% responded (n=1644).
A total of 57 subjects reported their usual bowel pattern as diarrhea alone (3.5%), whereas an additional 148 reported alternating diarrhea and constipation (9.0%). Among subjects with self-reported diarrhea, loose or watery stools and urgency were the commonest diarrheal symptoms, whereas in those with an alternating bowel habit a feeling of incomplete evacuation was the most common diarrheal symptom.
Mots-clés Pascal : Diarrhée, Questionnaire, Homme, Symptomatologie, Epidémiologie, Définition, Appareil digestif pathologie, Intestin pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Diarrhea, Questionnaire, Human, Symptomatology, Epidemiology, Definition, Digestive diseases, Intestinal disease
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