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Dr. Elizabeth Kramer gives a presentation of normal physiology of intestinal absorption. Dr. Kramer also covers topics such as etiologies of diarrhea and the evaluation of a patient with chronic diarrhea.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize how to differentiate osmotic and secretory diarrhea
  • Recognize how to evaluate a patient with chronic diarrhea
  • Recognize how to evaluate a patient for celiac disease

Reading Resources: 

  1. American Gastroenterological Association Medical Position Statement: Guidelines for the Evaluation and Management of Chronic Diarrhea. Gastroenterology 1999;116:1461-1463
  2. Camillieri M. Chronic diarrhea: A review of pathophysiology and management for the clinical gastroenterologist. Clin Gastro and Hepatology 2004;2:198-206
  3. Field M. Intestinal ion transport and the pathophysiology of diarrhea. JCI 2003;111:931-943


Dr. Kramer has reported no relevant relationships with any entities producing health care goods or services.

All presenters disclosure of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients is listed above.  No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement: 

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.075) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to .75 contact hour.

For your credit transcript, please access our website 4 weeks post-completion at and follow the link to the Credit Transcript page. If you do not provide the last 5 digits of your SSN on the next page you will not be able to access a CME credit transcript. Providing your SSN is voluntary.

Release Date: 11/14/2017 | Last Modified On: 11/5/2018 | Expires: 11/14/2018

This course has been expired.