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What is clostridium difficile and why is it so dangerous? 

What is clostridium difficile and why is it so dangerous? 

Infectious Colitis: C.Diff is a bacteria may result is a severe infectious colitis (inflammation of the colon). Because of which patients may have terrible diarrhea but most worrisome is toxic colitis requiring a colectomy (removal of your colon). Antibiotic use puts people at risk for c.Diff. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Clostridium Difficile (Definition)

C. Diff, it is a spore forming bacillus that when the micro environment of the colon is modified by antimicrobials, it can germinate and elaborate a toxin causing pseudo membranous colitis, ...Read more


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Clostridium difficile and melanoma, can you tell me about this?

Clostridium difficile and melanoma, can you tell me about this?

Bacteria and a cance: Clostridium difficile is a bacteria that causes severe diarrhea in patients that are exposed to the pathogen. It also arises in patients that are taking antibiotics for other reasons. Melanoma is a type of skin cancer. Melanoma is also the deadliest type of skin cancer as it is able to travel to different sites of the body. I am not sure of a link between the two. ...Read more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Know it's a common complication of taking antibiotics
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Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics & stay out of hospitals
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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What can transmit clostridium difficile?

What can transmit clostridium difficile?

Fecal contamination: C diff may be transmitted from one patient to an other on the hands of hospital workers if they do not wash hands between patients. ...Read more

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Can I leave the country if I have clostridium difficile?

Probably not: C difficile can be a very serious illness, and recurs in 20 -30% of patients. You must ask your doctor if you should postpone your trip until a time when you are healthier. Foreign travelers should always carry prescribed medications with carry-on and not in checked luggage. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: clostridium difficile?

Sometimes called: C. Diff, it is a spore forming bacillus that when the micro environment of the colon is modified by antimicrobials, it can germinate and elaborate a toxin causing pseudo membranous colitis, a potentially lethal disease. ...Read more

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What is clostridium difficile? How is it treated? How can you get it?

Bacteria: C-diff is a bacterial infection of the gut. It occurs when the "normal" bacteria in the gut have been killed off - usually from long course of strong antibiotics for another condition. This allows the c-diff to overgrow. It is treated with flagyl or vancomycin usually. It is possible to get c-diff from the stool of an infected person. ...Read more

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Is there a medical cure for clostridium difficile?

Is there a medical cure for clostridium difficile?

Yes..a few options..: Most cases of c. Dif colitis can be treated by oral/iv metronidazole, oral vanocomycin, and maybe add of Cholestyramine resins. Newer agent Dificid (fidaxomicin) is effective, but $$$. Bacitracin has some use, but not standard of care. For persistent/recurrent cases after treatments with above, a stool-transplant (yes, stool transplant--u read it right) can be done. Consult your doc..Good luck. ...Read more

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