Gastroenteritis (cont.)

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What is the prognosis of gastroenteritis?

In most people, the prognosis (outlook) for complete recovery is excellent, as long as the person stays well hydrated. Because infants, children, elderly, and immunodepressed, usually dehydrate faster than healthy adults and sometimes are more difficult to rehydrate orally, their prognosis can range from excellent to poor, depending on how dehydrated they become and how effective are the attempts to rehydrate them.

The prognosis for those patients that develop gastroenteritis symptoms as part of a specific disease process (for example, shigellosis) vary from good to poor, depending on the severity of the specific disease process. Patients aged 65 and older that develop gastroenteritis due to Clostridium difficile infection are likely to have a guarded to poor prognosis if not treated quickly and effectively.

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