Oral Rehydration Therapy

Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT) is a simple treatment for dehydration associated with diarrhea, particularly gastroenteritis or gastroenteropathy, such as that caused by cholera or rotavirus. ORT consists of a solution of salts and sugars that is taken by mouth. It is used around the world, most significantly in the developing world, where it saves millions of children a year from death due to diarrhea, the second leading cause of death (after pneumonia) in children under five.

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Oral Rehydration Therapy - Physiological Basis
... Because there is so much sodium secreted by the intestine, without intervention, heavy continuous diarrhea can be a very dangerous and potentially life-threatening condition within hours ... This is because liquid secreted into the intestinal lumen during diarrhea passes through the gut so quickly that very little sodium is reabsorbed, leading to very low sodium levels in the body (severe hyponatremia) ...
Dilip Mahalanabis
... during the time of Mahalanabis, inexpensive methods oral rehydration therapy (ORT) for the treatment of diarrhea and cholera ... Oral rehydration therapy is an alternative to intravenous rehydration therapy where IVT is not available or feasible ... Oral rehydration therapy is calculated by the World Health Organization to have saved the lives of over 60 million persons, and it is still saving millions of people from diarrhea ...

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