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Can vancomycin cause c diff infection?

Can vancomycin cause c diff infection?

Possible, unlikely: Vancomycin is seldom taken orally, and when it is it can at least partially treat c. Difficile infection, although it isn't active against spores. When taken IV it is primarily excreted by the kidneys and little is likely to get into the distal colon unchanged. If it did it will not alter flora significantly and predispose to cl. Difficile overgrowth or toxin production by the vegetative form. ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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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Can vancomycin cause a c diff infection?

Can vancomycin cause a c diff infection?

Usually not: Vancomycin orally treats c.Diff. Intravenous vancomyin might disrupt the bacterial flora and lead to overgrowth. ...Read more

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Who gets c. Diff infection? 

Hospital: The majority of c. Diff cases occur in the hospital with patients who are taking antibiotics to treat recent infections. Other risk factors include being over the age of 65, colon disease, being in a hospital or nursing home for an extended period of time, have a weak immune system, abdominal or gastrointestinal surgery, or previous history of c. Diff infections. ...Read more

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Clostridium difficile toxin b gene present clostridium dificile antigen presen. Would u no how severe the c diff is?

Clostridium difficile toxin b gene present
clostridium dificile antigen presen. Would u no how severe the c diff is?

Have diarrhea or no?: C.Difficile is pathogenic in older children & adults (whose colonic microflora are altered by antibiotics, chemotherapy, salmonella/shigella). C.Diff causes diarrhea w/pseudomembranous & other colitis, complicates inflammatory bowel disease, causes fulminant transmural extension, perforation with peritonitis, toxic megacolon. Treatment, & confirmation of post-treatment eradication, is recommended. ...Read more

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Gotten c. Diff twice from taking metronidazole for a bacterial infection. I thought metronidazole treated c. Diff?

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Gotten c. Diff twice from taking metronidazole for a bacterial infection. I thought metronidazole treated c. Diff?

C. Diff enteritis: Surprising! Metronidazole is the treatment for c.Diff. May be you are resistant to metronidazole, you may have to try vanco in po. ...Read more

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What is c diff colonized? If there a difference between c diff or c diff colotis?

What is c diff colonized? If there a difference between c diff or c diff colotis?

Name of the organism: The first is the name of the organism the second is the name of the condition. This condition can be varied to the can be very debilitating . You need to see your physician. ...Read more

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What test proves chronic c. Diff infection?

None: There is no chronic c. Difficile infection. Untreated c. Difficile diarrhea can persist until effective treatment is given. The stool c. Difficile toxin test confirms the diagnosis. 30% of treated cases relapse and require repeat treatment. Future relapses become more likely and can require prolonged antibiotic treatment or fecal transplant therapy for cure. ...Read more

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Can doxycycline cause c difficile?

Can doxycycline cause c difficile?

Yes: Any antibiotic including, Doxycycline can increase your risk of getting c. Difficile diarrhea. However, because Doxycycline has poor activity against anaerobes (the majority of bacteria found in your colon) it is less likely than other antibiotics to cause c. Difficile diarrhea. ...Read more

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Is H pylori the bacteria that causes c diff?

No: H.pylori causes ulcers , gastritis and a slew of other problems. Clostridium difficicle causes inflammation of your bowel and excessive persistent diarrhoea. ...Read more

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Coud c diff be treated with probiotics?

Coud c diff be treated with probiotics?

Not really...: C. Difficile, when pathologic, is a bacterial infection and as such warrants specialized antibiotic treatment with documentation of eradication following such appropriate therapy. That being said, a special probiotic (florastor = sacchromyces boulardes) can help inhibit growth of c.Diff, can help reduce recurrence in at risk populations, and may possibly prophylax against c.Diff infection. ...Read more

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Cdiff 4yrs ago - now have LUQ & soft/loose stools. CDIFF TOXIN/GDH W/REFL TO PCR Result: Toxigenic C. difficile detected New infection or colonized?

Monitor: Once you have C. diff there is a reasonable chance you can be colonized. The criteria for infection include watery stools in excess of 3-4 times daily. The pain or discomfort is usually in the lower abdomen. Soft stools with a relatively low daily frequency usually are not indicative of C. diff. In summary, the presence of C. diff. in your stool in itself is not indicative of infection ...Read more

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C. Difficile related to experiences with vancocin (vancomycin)?

C. Difficile  related to experiences with vancocin (vancomycin)?

C. Difficile: Mild cases of c. Difficile infection can often be cured by discontinuing the antibiotics responsible.In more serious cases, oral administration of, first, oral Metronidazole and - if that fails - then, second, vancomycin and if unsucessful again, intravenous Metronidazole can be used. Relapses of c. Difficile have been reported in up to 20% of cases. ...Read more

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How can taking antibiotics cause clostridium difficile infection?

How can taking antibiotics cause clostridium difficile infection?

Colon imbalance: Every person has an ideal balance of different helpful bacteria (flora) in their colon. Disrupting that balance can lead to diarrhea, cramping & gas. Almost all antibiotics have the ability to disrupt the gut flora. Friendly bacteria are sacrificed during antibiotic use allowing unfriendly bacteria like clostridium difficile to grow. Some c. Difficile produce a toxin which can destroy the colon. ...Read more

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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 is intestinal infection with clostridium difficile?

What is intestinal infection with clostridium difficile?

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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How does c. Difficile spread? 

Fomites: C. Diff is more common in the hospitals and nursing homes and is usually spread by not washing your hands properly. Those who carry that bacteria may not be sick but still my pass the bacteria person to person or through objects such as doorknobs, tv remotes, handles, etc. ...Read more

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Do IV antibiotics cause c diff?

Do IV antibiotics cause c diff?

Most common: cause for C diff colitis, one of the most common in hospital acquired complication. Many other factors may contribute, too. ...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


Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more