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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
C. difficile: If you have uncontrolled diarrhea, fever, signs and symptoms compatible with sepsis, gastrointestinal bleeding, these are all precursors to serious an ... Read More

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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Good advice: Saccharomyces is a yeast that is considered relatively nonpathogenic in immunocompetent adults. Yes there are case reports of it proving fatal in rare ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Can be very serious: C. Difficile, when pathologic, is a bacterial infection and as such warrants specialized antibiotic treatment with documentation of eradication follow ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Hemming
16 years experience Gastroenterology
Antibiotics : Such as Flagyl and vancomycin are the mainstay of treatment. However great sucess is had with fecal transplants.
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
Stool contact: You generally acquire it by taking antibiotics, but it can also be transmitted from person-to-person (contact with stool).
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
See below: It is an illness with diarrhea and fever, that usually follows antibiotic treatment for some other infection. Clostridium difficile is often a hospita ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Zandman
13 years experience Gastroenterology
No: There is no evidence that maalox causes c. Diff. Antibiotics are associated with the development of c. Diff.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Herman Hammerstead
49 years experience Trauma Surgery
NO: Osmotic agent only
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Zandman
13 years experience Gastroenterology
Good question: Hard to say. We don't routinely test patients with c diff to confirm eradication after treatment, because they can still be asymptomatic carriers (tes ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Very long: C diff can form spores that can live for years.

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