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Fecal Enemas Treat Clostridium
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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