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Clostridium Diff Cult W Reflex
Symptoms: Symptoms include abdominal pain which can be dull or crampy, watery diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, fevers, or chills. These symptoms are not different than most diarrheas which are viral in origin (norovirus for example) and it can be tough to differentiate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Clostridium difficile is also known as Clostridium Difficile infection. 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
Depends: Most healthy patients with c.Diff get treated and do well. Unfortunately, older and more immunocompromised patients are susceptible to toxic megacolon from c.Diff. If you do have this condition you should see a doctor and get appropriate antibiotic treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Diarrhea & lots more: 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
C.difficile in kids: C.Difficile is frequently cultured from the stool of healthy newborns but considered pathogenic in older children & adults (whose colonic microflora are altered by antibiotics, chemotherapy, salmonella/shigella). C.Diff may cause pseudomembranous & other colitis, complicate inflammatory bowel disease, cause fulminant transmural extension, perforation with peritonitis, toxic megacolon. Get treated. ...Read more
What are the differences between MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) or c-diff (clostridium difficile)?
Totally different: They are totally different bacteria. Mrsa causes disease by invading the body, multiplying and causing tissue injury. Clostridium difficile causes disease by overgrowth in the intestinal lumen and producing toxins that injure the colonic mucosa causing diarrhea and colitis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the treatment for clostridium (c diff) infection that is best and has fewest side effects?
C.difficile tx's: By "best" do you mean optimal efficacy, but cost is no factor? By "fewest side effects" do you mean best tolerated but efficacy is less important? Are you looking for antibiotics, probiotics, donor stool enemas (yes, these actually work for c.Diff), only fda-approved regimens, short-course treatment, or novel techniques? Appropriate questions to ask your doc, w/whom you can share your concerns. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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