Specialist expertise: Therapeutic Colonoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Gastroenterology, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Investigation and Management of Reflux.
This can typically be caused by viruses or bacteria. Infections can be transmitted through contaminated food or from person to person, and outbreaks in confined environments are quite common (most of us have heard of rotavirus outbreaks in cruise ships or hospitals). The majority of these are usually self-limiting after a few days, and they do not require specific treatment. Certain intestinal infections can persist for longer periods and cause chronic diarrhoea, especially in the elderly and people with weakened immune systems (immunocompromised).
Our lab at OneWelbeck use the most up-to-date techniques in identifying pathological micro-organisms in stool specimens.