Fecal Output

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Table 1: Fecal Output for Different Populations
Population Age Number of Subjects Mean Standard Deviation References
Healthy people
Healthy Nigerian Children 6 months to 5 years 410 109.3 mL/day 54.07 Akinbami et al. 1995
Healthy Nigerian Adult 23-28 years 37 143.3 g/day 48.5 Ogunbiyi 1978
Healthy British Children and Adult 11-56 years 17 153 g/day 79 Davies 1986
Healthy US Adult Adult 115 123.6 g/day 40.2 Rendtorff 1967
Ill people
Indian Children with diarrheaa 3 to 24 months 70 126 g/kilogram of body weight/hour
during initial 24 hours and rehydration period
33.6 Dutta et al. 2000
Tunisian Adult with acute diarrheab over 18 years 70 499 g/day 284 Hamza et al. 1999
Tunisian Adult with acute diarrheab over 18 years 70 499 g/day 284 Hamza et al. 1999

a In this study, a high isolation rate of different enteropathogens, e.g. Shigella flexneri, Shigella boydii,Salmonella typhimurium, Enteroagrregative E. coli, Enteropathogenic E. coli, Aeromonus sp. and rotavirus was observed.
b Shigella, E. coli, Proteus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa were identified from the subjects.


Akinbami, F., Erinoso, O. and Akinwolere, O. (1995) Defaecation pattern and intestinal transit in nigerian children. African Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences 24, 337-341. Abstract

Dutta, P., Dutta, S., Manna, B., Chatterjee, M. and De, A. (2000) Hypo-osmolar oral rehydration salts solution in dehydrating persistent diarrhoea in children: Double-blind, randomized, controlled clinical trial. Acta Paediatrica 89, 411-416. Full text

Hamza, H., Ben Khalifa, H., Baumer, P., Berard, H. and Lecomte, J.M. (1999) Racecadotril versus placebo in the treatment of acute diarrhoea in adults. Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics 13, 15-19. Full text

Ogunbiyi, T.A. (1978) Whole-gut transit rates and wet stool weight in an urban Nigerian population. World Journal of Surgery 2(3), 387-392. [1]