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What sort of disease is a clostridium difficile infection?

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

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

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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What's clostridium difficile?

Colitis: This organism causes colitis in patients given antibiotis. The antibiotics kill the normal flora in the colon and allow c diff to grow. It releases a toxin that causes necrosis and ulcers in the colon. The infection may be acquired in the hospital and sperad by hospital, on their hands, from one patient to another. ...Read more

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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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What are the symptoms of clostridium difficile?

Diarrhea: Most often following antimicrobial therapy (or sometimes cancer chemotherapy), the patient develops watery diarrhea which often has a mousy, horse barn like odor. There can be fever and sometimes a quite elevated white blood cell count. Some strains, in the last few years, seem to be hyper producers of toxin with more severe symptoms likely. ...Read more

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What is the classification of clostridium difficile?

Unclear question: C difficile is a gram positive bacterium that is associated with colitis. See this site for more information about C difficile infection.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/c-difficile/basics/definition/con-20029664 ...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 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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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?

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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How to donate my feces to a clostridium difficile pill?

C.diff treatment: Interesting you know about how effective stool donations can be for helping C. diff patients. It works very well. C. diff is a horrible and devastating disease, killing up to 15% of victims according to the CDC. You may want to freeze your own stool if you're worried about it or concerned for a relative. Obviously keeping that separate from food is a must. There are no labs doing this yet. ...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

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What are the symptoms of clostridium difficile infection?

Fever diarrhea: C. Difficile is a common bacteria that causes problems when the norm/friendly gut bacteria is weakened or gone due to antibiotics usually. Symptoms are abdominal pain, fever, diarrhea, often with blood present. It can be a serious and even deadly infection, so please get checked if you have these symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the incidence of clostridium difficile infection in the us?

C.Diff: Approximately 20% of individuals who are hospitalized acquire c difficile during hospitalization, and more than 30% of these patients develop diarrhea. Thus, c difficile colitis is currently one of the most common nosocomial infections. ...Read more

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Why are clostridium difficile infections hard to treat?

It produces spores: Partly it is the persons immune system and general health that makes it recur more often. The main problem is it comes back after treatment. Clostridium produces endospores. Endospore is is a tough structure in which the bacteria is dormant and not reproducing. Antibiotics don't affect the spores so after the symptoms are gone, the spores activate and then cause reinfection. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of a relapse with clostridium difficile infections?

What is the likelihood of a relapse with clostridium difficile infections?

Common: There is a small percentage of c. Dificile infections that recur so it does happen. However with newer treatments it happens less. You may want to look into sarcomyces boullardi[(forgive me if mispelled) or florastor which for a long time was used in europe to treat c. Dif infections...With huge success. Check out your local healthfood store; or ask your doctor for more info. ...Read more

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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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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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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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What are the symptoms of c- diff (clostridium difficile)?

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 more

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Clostridium difficile in carpet. Should it be replaced in my home?

Clostridium difficile in carpet. Should it be replaced in my home?

An unusual find...: I'm assuming your carpeting has been tainted by stool from an infected individual (you mentioned your mother has the bacteria). She needs appropriate treatment to eradicate the infection. Until cleared, she should not handle food, & all contacts must wash hands well. A thorough steam-cleaning of your carpet should suffice, but you may want to consider hardwood if she is prone to incontinence. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: clostridium difficile toxin?

Toxin: Clostridium difficile is a slow growing, spore forming bacterium that can cause infection in humans, especially in the setting of antibiotic use. The toxin produced causes a colitis, resulting in diarrhea that is often bloody. ...Read more

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Can a relapsed infection of clostridium difficile be treated effectively?

Clostridium Difficil: Depended on the number relapses. If a patient has relapsed more than 3 times, the chance of treatment the bacteria is less effective and will require a longer time. However, there are effective treatments. ...Read more

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Can clostridium difficile colitis Get Cured . Or just Treated ? And is it Cancerous Later On ?

Can clostridium difficile colitis Get Cured . Or just Treated ?
And is it Cancerous Later On ?

Cured: It is an infectious process and can be eliminated completely with appropriate therapy. As far as we know it does not cause any type of cancer. ...Read more

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Chances of someone getting clostridium difficile colitis from cefprozole ? And how would they know?

Pretty Low: I think u r referring to cefprozil, a 2nd generation cephalosporin antibiotic. In theory any antibiotic can place you at risk for a clostridium difficile infection, but is much more likely in an elderly, hospitalized patient who might have a weakened immune system. Although Cefprozil is not particularly associated with c diff, using a probiotic or eating yogurt will help.If c diff, severe diarrhea. ...Read more

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How can you get rid of c.Diff. (clostridium difficile)?

Agree with above: The infection has a propensity to relapse hence, fecal matter transplantation should be considered in some cases to restore gut microbiome. Would try not taking antibiotics if can be avoided. ...Read more

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Why is clostridium difficile an opportunistic infection?

Why is clostridium difficile an opportunistic infection?

Lack of normal bugs: C diff only get foot hold in the colon when normal bugs are killed off by antibiotics. ...Read more