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Dr. Chad Levitt
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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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What is clostridium difficile infection rate of spread?

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?

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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Will good hygiene prevent clostridium difficile infections?

Will good hygiene prevent clostridium difficile infections?

Yes: Clostridium difficile (c.Diff) is transmitted from person to person via fecal oral route (contents of someone else's bum to your mouth). Hand sanitizers will not kill the c.Diff toxin. Hence, wash your hands with warm soap and water for at least 1 minute. ...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

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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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Dr. Rick Koch
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Gestational Hypertension (Definition)

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