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Is it true that the use of fecal enemas is way to treat severe clostridium difficile infections?

Is it true that the use of fecal enemas is way to treat severe clostridium difficile infections?

Absolutely True: It's amazing, and for some people seems disgusting, but it actually works to recolonize the gut. The formal name is fecal or stool transplant, and as you say it essentially involves introducing fecal matter from a healthy donor into the gut of a person with c. Diff. Still experimental and not widely used yet. I have condensed a medlineplus link: see http://tinyurl.Com/7r27abk. ...Read more

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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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Where do I go to get a stool for clostridium dificile done?

Where do I go to get a stool for clostridium dificile done?

Why?: Do you have diarrhea? There is no need for the test unless you have diarrhea. About 3% of the people carry the bug without any ill effects. Unneeded tests cause unneeded treatments and complications of treatments. If you must, ask your doctor for the test. ...Read more

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Can clostridium difficle be seen in soft stool. Or is it only watery diaherra?

Can clostridium difficle be seen in soft stool. Or is it only watery diaherra?

Either...: C. Difficile, when pathologic, is a bacterial infection that may be accompanied by colonoscopically visible signs of colitis which then warrants specialized antibiotic treatment ; needs documentation of eradication. Often c.Difficile causes only mild irritation of the colon lining, or no readily appreciable mucosal changes unless biopsies are taken. Sometimes, only stool analysis is diagnostic. ...Read more

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How long does the stool test for clostridium dificile take?

Testing for C.diff: Each lab varies, and there are a number of different tests that can be performed to assay for c.Difficile, but generally the turn-around time to get back a result on a c.Difficile stool toxin reading is one to two days. ...Read more

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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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Can a relapsed infection of clostridium difficile be treated effectively?

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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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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Is rifaximin a board spectrum rx? How likely can it cause a clostridium diffclie infection? Head it can treat it?

Low risk for C. Diff: Rifaximin is a semisynthetic antibiotic based on rifamycin, which has a broad spectrum. After initial decrease in the GI flora (enterococcus, escherichia coli, lactobacillus, bacteroides and clostridium perfringens), normalization is seen after 1 month. In one study of 211 patients given Rifaximin chronically for 8 months, no patient tested positive for c. Difficle, but the possibility exists. ...Read more

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Are there any antibiotics that can be used to treat clostridium difficile infection?

Are there any antibiotics that can be used to treat clostridium difficile infection?

Flagyl or Vancomycin: C. Difficile colitis almost always occurs when another oral antibiotic, used to treat a different infection, wipes out normal gut bacteria. Patients who develop c.Diff colitis should stop taking that initial oral antibiotic. Treatment is usually with Metronidazole (flagyl) or vancomycin (vancocin). For severe cases, doctors may prefer vanco. Newer drugs are available if this treatment fails. ...Read more

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Enema (Definition)

An enema is the introduction of liquid into the rectum to evacuate the bowels[ principly the colon/ large ...Read more