My doctor said I had "acute gastroenteritis". What does this mean?
Technically, gastroenteritis refers to irritation of the stomach and intestines. Health care providers frequently use "gastroenteritis" or “acute gastroenteritis” as nonspecific terms to describe diarrheal illness suspected to be caused by an infectious agent. Other symptoms can include abdominal cramping, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and fever.