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Guidelines for the Investigation of Chronic Diarrhoea (Tests for Malabsorption, 2nd Edition)

P D Thomas, A Forbes, J Green, P Howdle, R Long, R Playford, M Sheridan, R Stevens, R Valori, J Walters, G M Addison, P Hill, G Brydon

Introduction

These guidelines were compiled at the request of the Chairman of the British Society of Gastroenterology's clinical services committee. The guidelines are directed at consultant gastroenterologists, specialist registrars in training, and general practitioners, and refer specifically to adult not paediatric gastroenterology. Their purpose is to provide guidance on the best available methods of investigating symptoms of chronic diarrhoea. Given this broad symptom based focus, the guidelines cover a wide range of gastroenterological conditions and are not intended as a comprehensive review of all aspects of the clinical conditions mentioned herein, but rather an attempt to rationalise the approach to investigation in the context of this common clinical scenario.