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What's the likelihood of long term antibiotic prophylaxis resulting in pulmonary fibrosis with Nitrofurantoin? Mom's getting sequentially recurrentuti

What's the likelihood of long term antibiotic prophylaxis resulting in pulmonary fibrosis with Nitrofurantoin? Mom's getting sequentially recurrentuti

Pulmonary fibrosis : Pulmonary fibrosis due to nitrofurantoin is rare, about less than 1% reported in literature, but risk increases with age of patient and other medical condition. Symptoms may start to develop after 6 months of treatment. Usually fatigue, dry cough and shortness of breath without fever. Stop the nitrofurantoin if these symptoms develop and see a physician immediately ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more


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Do I need antibiotic prophylaxis for endocarditis with acupuncture treatments?

Do I need antibiotic prophylaxis for endocarditis with acupuncture treatments?

No, but: You do need protection from HIV infection and hepatitis if the acupuncturist reuses their needles. Be sure you go to someone who is reputable. ...Read more

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Do we require antibiotic prophylaxis and tetanus vaccine each and every time we get an injury?

Do we require antibiotic prophylaxis and tetanus vaccine each and every time we get an injury?

Depends: A tetanus vaccine lasts for several years. Antibiotics may or not be needed, depending on the type and site of the injury. ...Read more

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My 6 mo has unilateral renal agenesis and grade 4 reflux causing Hydrouereteronephrosis. Is antibiotic prophylaxis necessary in his case?

My 6 mo has unilateral renal agenesis and grade 4 reflux causing Hydrouereteronephrosis. Is antibiotic prophylaxis necessary in his case?

Probably: The use of antibiotic prophylaxis is a very debated subject in pediatrics & pediatric urology currently. Given the age of the child, I think most physicians would. I'd follow the recommendations of his doctor, since he/she knows him best. ...Read more

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What's the likelihood of long term antibiotic prophylaxis resulting in pulmonary fibrosis with Nitrofurantoin? Mom's getting sequentially recurrentuti

Pulmonary fibrosis : Pulmonary fibrosis due to nitrofurantoin is rare, about less than 1% reported in literature, but risk increases with age of patient and other medical condition. Symptoms may start to develop after 6 months of treatment. Usually fatigue, dry cough and shortness of breath without fever. Stop the nitrofurantoin if these symptoms develop and see a physician immediately ...Read more

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C diff for about 3 months.found out last month and neither 2 antibiotics worked.now my gi wants a colonoscopy.how will this help? What can show up?

C diff for about 3 months.found out last month and neither 2 antibiotics worked.now my gi wants a colonoscopy.how will this help? What can show up?

Diagnostic: It sounds like you might have been left with unexplained symptoms. It is not usual for C diff not to respond to Flagyl and/or Vanco. Colonoscopy is needed most likely in order to visualize macroscopic changes and/ or to rule out colitis as the possible cause for your symptoms. Biopsies might be taken during the procedure. Protracted symptoms are seen in treated C diff colitis. ...Read more

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If I had a double knee repacrment, do I need to take antibiotics before a colonoscopy?

If I had a double knee repacrment, do I need to take antibiotics before a colonoscopy?

Best to : Question your orthopedic surgeon and GI doctor but in general unless it is a fresh knee replacement, antibiotics are not indicated. ...Read more

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If I have had hip replacement is it necessary to take an antibiotic if having a colonoscopy?

If I have had hip replacement is it necessary to take an antibiotic if having a colonoscopy?

Ask your ortho: There is a lot of controversy. Some say yes, some, no. First 6-12 months are higher risk. Some just give oral antibiotics the morning of the test. Ask your orthopedist and then verify with the doctor doing your colonoscopy. ...Read more

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What can cause mucus in stool? Had normal colonoscopy one year ago. HadC Diff almost 2 yrs ago. Have not had antibiotics in almost 2 yrs. Am I ok?

What can cause mucus in stool? Had normal colonoscopy one year ago. HadC Diff almost 2 yrs ago. Have not had antibiotics in almost 2 yrs. Am I ok?

Mucus in stools: Small amounts of mucus in stool is often unremarkablet. Stool often contains small amounts of mucus (a jelly-like material that your intestines make to keep the lining of your colon moist and lubricated). However, if you notice an increased amount of mucus in stool associated with blood or a change in bowel habits, then this deserves further investigation. ...Read more

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My mum as had diorreah for 8 weeks, was in hospital found E. coli had 5 lots of I've antibiotics said nothing more can do as colonoscopy but lost 3st?

My mum as had diorreah for 8 weeks, was in hospital found E. coli had 5 lots of I've antibiotics said nothing more can do as colonoscopy but lost 3st?

Your question...: Your question became progressively less clear. Can you re-state it so we know what's being asked and thus can more precisely target your answer? ...Read more

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If a child is diagnosed with scarlet fever, will the family members receive antibiotics as prophylaxis?

If a child is diagnosed with scarlet fever, will the family members receive antibiotics as prophylaxis?

Not necessarily: This disease is caused by the organism which causes strep throat and many family members may be carrying this in the back of their throats without symptoms. There are some doctors who may favor prophylactic treatment, but it does not have a high success rate in eradication of these bacteria. It is a judgement call by the doctor. ...Read more

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Can a colonoscopy be performed if you are on antibiotics or have a cough? (being intubated for procedure). No fever & chest xray was clear.

Can a colonoscopy be performed if you are on antibiotics or have a cough? (being intubated for procedure). No fever & chest xray was clear.

Yes: If you have no fever, a normal chest x-ray and no wheezing, chances are you'll be fine. However, if you aren't feeling well, you may want to put it off.
Why do you need to be intubated? Most colonoscopies are done with some form of twilight anesthesia. It is unusual to require an intubation. Knowing why may lead me to a different conclusion than the one above. ...Read more

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Dr. John Leander Po
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