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Should I take Flagyl for cdiff if GI never checked me? No stool, blood test. Should I ask further examinations before taking something I might not need?

Should I take Flagyl for cdiff if GI never checked me? No stool, blood test. Should I ask further examinations before taking something I might not need?

Depends: Sometimes patients are given emperic therapy based on complaint. Clostridium difficile can cause a GI illness presenting as diarrhea following antibiotic use. It can be easily treated with Flagyl but if not treated may lead to severe illness, protracted hospitalization and even death. If you have concerns speak with your doctor. There is a stool test available. ...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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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?

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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I have a conflict in specialists. Gi issues after cdiff. And recurrent kleb utis. -stool culture -ct-mri-belly film -us. Gi wants scope but I have +uti no flora. Believe it's kleb overgrowth. Help.

I have a conflict in specialists. Gi issues after cdiff. And recurrent kleb utis. -stool culture -ct-mri-belly film -us. Gi wants scope but I have +uti no flora. Believe it's kleb overgrowth. Help.

Depends: If you have GI symptoms and are in an age group at risk for colon cancer, then it seems reasonable to have the scope; that said, any GI infection may be followed by chronic symptoms even after the infection is cleared;. ...Read more

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My 19 months old son has mucus in his stools. In december 2013 he was diagnosed mith colitis and clostridium difficile there is no blood seen.

My 19 months old son has mucus in his stools. In december 2013 he was diagnosed mith colitis and clostridium difficile there is no blood seen.

Your question?: I don't know what your question is, but you need to take your son to your pediatrician promptly for further evaluation. C. diff has a nasty way of recurring and just because "no blood is seen" doesn't mean there's no blood in his stool. I certainly hope the mucus isn't a sign of something serious, but you need to find out for certain. Best wishes. ...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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Can I still have gallbladder surgery if I just tested positive for cdiff?

Better to hold off: Unless your surgery is a life and death emergency, which gallbladder surgery usually is not, then it is better to hold off on surgery until your treatment for c.Diff is completed. ...Read more

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My 18mo old has had chronic diahrrea for 6 mos. One ped. Test for cdiff&it came back positive. Another ped says is impossible to have. Who do I believe?

My 18mo old has had chronic diahrrea for 6 mos. One ped. Test for cdiff&it came back positive. Another ped says is impossible to have. Who do I believe?

Toddler' diarrhea!!: It could be toddler's diarrhea, if she is active, happy and growing with no blood or mucous in the stool or greasy stool. Limit fruit juice, sport drinks and cola and other high carbohydrate drinks. ...Read more

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Cdiff infection 2/23-3/10. Then again positive since 3/25. I don't feel ill. Had flagyl and vancomycin. Why is it still here? I must return to work.

Cdiff infection 2/23-3/10. Then again positive since 3/25. I don't feel ill. Had flagyl and vancomycin. Why is it still here? I must return to work.

Yes: Higher dose of oral vanco 500 mg 4 times per day for 2 weeks then taper slowly over 6 weeks. Other option is fodaximycin (expensive new drug) thee option if those failed and u get another recurrence then stool transplant. Simple advise to avoid recurrence ; don't take antibiotics for cold or Ito that is not even symptomatic. I mean take the antibiotics only if really needed ...Read more

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How many days after being off treatment can u get retested for clostridium difficile colitis to see if positive or negative.

Usually not: Re-tested as a matter of routine. If you are not better after the prescribed course of treatment then see your doctor or gastroenterologist asap for a re-evaluation of your condition. Don't wait to get more ill or dehydrated. ...Read more

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10 weeks pregnant tested positive for Clostridium Difficile. Needing second opinion on treatments recommended please.

10 weeks pregnant tested positive for Clostridium Difficile. Needing second opinion on treatments recommended please.

Second opinions: The HealthTap forum that you are currently using is for informational purposes only, and it is not appropriate for us to diagnose or suggest treatments here (this is for your safety!). If you request a personal consult with one of our HealthTap Prime physicians, a second opinion with advice can be offered. ...Read more

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Had blood on outside of stool. Normal colored stool and consistency. No pain. What could it be?

Had blood on outside of stool. Normal colored stool and consistency. No pain. What could it be?

Not normal: Blood in the stool is not normal and needs to be explained. Causes can range from local irritation, anal fissure (crack in the tissue), hemorrhoid, polyp, to cancer. Blood on the outside of the stool is more likely to be caused by a fissure or hemorrhoid. You will meed to see a health care provider to get a diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have had changes in stool color and consistency over the past several months what can this mean?

I have had changes in stool color and consistency over the past several months what can this mean?

Depends: The changes may be related to your diet, what you are ingesting. It's reasonable to talk this over with your doctor to make sure nothing unusual is going on. You want to make sure you are well. ...Read more

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I have dark brown, sticky stools. Also am bulimic. Should I be concerned as it is hard to wipe clean as it is like an frosting consistency?

I have dark brown, sticky stools. Also am bulimic. Should I be concerned as it is hard to wipe clean as it is like an frosting consistency?

Bulimia IS a concern: Whether you've been Dx'd or just see it as a problem - it should be corrected as the effects can be serious - see a Eating Disorder therapist! But the stool might be related to foods you eat and/or gluten or lactose intolerance or other conditions. Here's info: http://articles. Mercola. Com/sites/articles/archive/2013/02/14/normal-stool. Aspx Washing like a bidet will help and have an exam. ...Read more

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Every 2/3 weeks I have thick mucous in and around my stool. It's sticky, quite thick, and has the consistency of rubber cement. What is it?

Every 2/3 weeks I have thick mucous in and around my stool. It's sticky, quite thick, and has the consistency of rubber cement. What is it?

Human Glue Factory: Mucus in the stool is a normal lubricant for passage and ejection but grossly visible amounts indicate some form of irritation or inflammation, unless this is just a normal variance for you. The serious causes are usually accompanied by some pain or cramps and maybe some blood. The consistency of the mucus has a lot to do with hydration. Do you take enough fluids?? See someone about this problem. ...Read more

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I still have normal consistency of stool but it's hard to pass. I used to go 1-2 times a day. Now I can only go a normal amount if I have coffee.

I still have normal consistency of stool but it's hard to pass. I used to go 1-2 times a day. Now I can only go a normal amount if I have coffee.

Is it really problem: Dear Ronald169, Variations in frequency and amount of defecation are quiet wide. By definition, constipation is diagnosed if there is no stool beyond 3d. There is no clear association between cofee and passing stool. Drink more fluid along with Metamucil that you already taking. ...Read more

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What could cause a drastic change in the consistency of stool after a trip to ecuador?

Many reasons: Many potential causes : infectious (ie bacterial, parasitic or viral), hepatitis (ie a, b or c). Also dietary changes can alter your stool. I would seek a full eval from your primary care physician or GI specialist. ...Read more

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Normal for stool to change consistency in the same day? One is light brown/normal shape, next one is dark brown and pretty soft.

Normal for stool to change consistency in the same day? One is light brown/normal shape, next one is dark brown and pretty soft.

Can happen: This can happen. Usually due to changes in diet. If you are consistently taking a fiber supplement, then less likely. You should consider regular fiber in the diet and more water intake.
It's best to discuss significant changes with your physician. May want to consider colonoscopy if you are adult age. ...Read more

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I had lunch that had mushroom and corn.... I defecated it justafter 8 hrs normal consistency (presence of corn and mushroom in stool), is that normal?

That is not uncommon: When eating corn. As long as you don't have vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, blood in the stool or fever, you are probably fine. Please consult your doctor if you develop any of these symptoms. ...Read more

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4months old baby passing stool in green colour and foam like consistency, 4times aday. Is it normal?

4months old baby passing stool in green colour and foam like consistency, 4times aday. Is it normal?

Stools in 4mo old: Green stools in a 4 mo old, 4 times a day can be pretty normal. Especially if you are starting to introduce new foods or if the baby is on medication. The consistency can change too from pasty to more formed (like adults-they can smell just as bad too). Beware though! If you see blood in the stools see your child's pediatrician. ...Read more

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Very dark brown stool. Normal consistency. 2 times in past week. Normal? How normal are very dark brown stools?

Get checked: Stool color is generally due to diet and to the bile (yellowish-green fluid that aids in digestion) secreted from your guts. Bile + food is altered by enzymes that changes food from yellow to brown. While your diet/medications can play a large role in stool color, get checked if the dark brown borders on black. ...Read more

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Does having your gallbladder removed affect the color, consistency of your stool? Can it make you have somewhat oily BMs?

Does having your gallbladder removed affect the color, consistency of your stool? Can it make you have somewhat oily BMs?

Yes, bile: Flow might be altered after cholecystectomy, and change appearance of your stool. Oily stool, or steatorrhea, is typically caused by pancreatic insufficiency, not by cholecystectomy. Bring this to your doctor's attention, so proper tests can be done. ...Read more

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Since starting iron, stool is darker and consistency is different. Is darker, stickier stool normal after starting iron pills?

Since starting iron, stool is darker and consistency is different. Is darker, stickier stool normal after starting iron pills?

Yes: Taking iron supplements usually makes the stool darker in color, sometimes even approaching black. It is of no concern unless the stool is black and tarry, which can be a sign of internal bleeding. Good luck. ...Read more

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In stool, can blood present itself as little solid pieces, or is it always a sticky or liquid consistency?

In stool, can blood present itself as little solid pieces, or is it always a sticky or liquid consistency?

Varies: This can vary with the site of bleeding. If from upper GI tract may simply present as black stools, if from terminal portions of colon may be bright red blood. If in between, almost any type of presentation may occur, including clots which can appear similar to what you have described. ...Read more

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