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Doctor insights on: Are The Elderly More Likely To Suffer From Clostridium Difficile Infections

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Why is clostridium difficile infections levels increasing in the elderly?

Why is clostridium difficile infections levels increasing in the elderly?

Old - vulnerable.: The elderly are at increased risk of acquiring C diff infection because of: 1) co-morbidities; 2) need for hospitalization and extended stays in health care facilities (nursing home etc.); 3) higher rate of procedures especially GI procedures; 4) increase antibiotic exposure and; 5) possibly poor fecal microbiome reconstitution and immunity. ...Read more

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I am recovering from a clostridium difficile infection. I heard recurrence happens, how likely is it ? Is there a way to prevent it ?

I am recovering from a clostridium difficile infection. I heard recurrence happens, how likely is it ? Is there a way to prevent it ?

Unlikely: Most people do not relapse. Older people seem to be highest risk. A well accepted and proven preventative option does not yet exist. Many infections don't need antibiotics (sinus, bronchitis, ear) so avoiding antibiotics if you can - one option. ...Read more

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Can I get immunity after I suffer from a clostridium difficile infection?

Not really: No - c. Diff is a bacteria, that everyone has in their gut all the time. Normally, it staysin balance with other bacteria and doesnt cause problems. However, sometimes it takes advantage and overgrows and acts up - like after antibiotics. We dont really develop immunity to it, just get back into appropriately balance so that it doesnt act up again. ...Read more

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What is clostridium difficile infection rate of spread?

Depends: It depends on how sick the initial patient is, how sick the exposed patients are, and how aware of infection control the care providers are. In wards where it is allowed to run wild, it can spread throughout the entire ward in a matter of days. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is a clostridium difficile infection?

Colon infection: Clostridium difficile infection is a growing epidemic where the colon is infected by a bacteria called, you guessed it, clostridium difficile. Although some people may be asymptomatic, it usually causes diarrhea and can lead to a life-threatening condition called megacolon. Treatment of late has become more and more complicated due to antibiotic resistance. Seek an md if you have this. ...Read more

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What is a clostridium difficile infection and how does it occur?

What is a clostridium difficile infection and how does it occur?

Abx complication: An infection resulting from antibiotic use that can cause diarrhea and other colonic problems. It requires treatment with either Metronidazole or oral vancomycin. ...Read more

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I have Crohn's disease? Am I more susceptible to clostridium difficile infections?

Not really: It is not that you're more susceptible, it's that you are more likely to be treated with antibiotics because of your condition. As c diff is typically a post-antibiotic illness, you are more likely to experience it. But it's not directly because of crohn's. ...Read more

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Can taking probiotics prevent clostridium difficile infections?

Can taking probiotics prevent clostridium difficile infections?

Yes.: Studies have shown that probiotics can prevent c.Diff infections and other antibiotic associated complications like diarrhea. Best way to prevent c.Diff infections is good hand washing if you visit a hospital or nursing home. Also by not taking antibiotics for viral illnesses like bronchitis and sinusitis. You increase your risk of c. Diff when you take abx for things like these. ...Read more

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What are the tests for clostridium difficile infection?

What are the tests for clostridium difficile infection?

C. diff: Both the bacterial toxin and the gene coding for the toxin can be found in the diarrheal stool. Additionally, the diarrhea has a peculiar mousy/musty aroma. ...Read more

Dr. Rick Koch
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BP at 140/90 at 20 wks pregnancy with no other signs of kidney involvement. Benign condition if nothing else happens, but can worsen to serious condition of pre-eclampsia in many cases. Needs to be ...Read more


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