General Motility Disorders: Diarrhea and Constipation


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A patient comes to your office. A nurse runs a blood test on him and you get the following in your chemistry panel:

Low potassium, high sodium, and low magnesium.

The patient has a history of severe and prolonged diarrhea. Which of the following is he most immediately at risk for?

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1. One of your patients has a history of melena. Which of the following is most likely the cause?

2. How do hematochezia and melena differ in terms of presentation?

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About This Quiz & Lesson

This quiz/worksheet combo can be used to assess your knowledge of diarrhea. You will be quizzed on different diarrhea forms and the symptoms to look for to diagnose the different types of dairrhea.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to check your knowledge of:

  • Melena
  • Secretory diarrhea
  • Osmotic diarrhea

Skills Practiced

These assessment tools can be used to help you practice the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as secretory diarrhea and melena
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related diarrhea and constipation lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding diarrhea to identify risks of prolonged diarrhea

Additional Learning

To learn more about diarrhea and constipation, review the engaging lesson titled General Motility Disorders: Diarrhea and Constipation. This lesson includes the following topics:

  • Definition of diarrhea
  • The causes of diarrhea and constipation
  • How to treat diarrhea
  • Symptoms of hematochezia
  • Definition of constipation