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Acute diarrhoea is a common presenting problem to the accident and emergency department. This study aimed to assess the efficacy of dioctahedral smectite (Smecta) in altering the duration and frequency of acute diarrhoea in the adult population in Hong Kong. Material and methods: This was a prospective, randomised controlled study carried out in the Accident and Emergency Department of Caritas Medical Centre from July 2005 to October 2005. One hundred and ninety eligible adult patients withdoi:10.1177/102490790601300211 fatcat:kojchiy3wjegjfte5pqebbhusy