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Gastrointestinal Complications (PDQ®)

  • Updated: 08/28/2014

Table 1. National Cancer Institute's Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events: Diarrheaa,b

Grade Description 
1Increase of <4 stools/day over baseline; mild increase in ostomy output compared with baseline
2Increase of 4–6 stools/day over baseline; moderate increase in ostomy output compared with baseline
3Increase of ≥7 stools/day over baseline; incontinence; hospitalization indicated; severe increase in ostomy output compared with baseline; limiting self-care ADLc
4Life-threatening consequences; urgent intervention indicated
5Death

ADL = activities of daily living.
aAdapted from National Cancer Institute.[8]
bDefinition: A disorder characterized by frequent and watery bowel movements.
cSelf-care ADL refers to bathing, dressing and undressing, feeding self, using the toilet, taking medications, and not bedridden.

References

  1. National Cancer Institute: Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE), Version 4.0. Bethesda, Md: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, 2010. Available online. Last accessed August 28, 2014.