Saturday, June 23, 2012

Anti-emetics, acronyms, acute gastroenteritis

I love how medical researchers tend to name their studies or protocols so that they fit into a memorable acronym. It's just a bit of entertainment I suppose, for what could potentially be quite a dry body of work. Today I was reading up on the use of anti-emetics in children presenting with acute gastroenteritis. Ondansetron is the only type that is acceptable for use in Australia though it is very costly since it is new and still a brand name drug. Other drugs such as metoclopramide have been found to result in unacceptable side effects in children, such as dystonia or tardive dyskinesia. One of the articles I came across (here) noted that "patients were discharged... and continued standard oral rehydration at home with the introduction of a bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast (BRAT) diet after the first 24 hours." haha

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