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Contagiousness Of C. Difficile Colitis
Good question: Hard to say. We don't routinely test patients with c diff to confirm eradication after treatment, because they can still be asymptomatic carriers (test positive but feeling well). So are they contagious? Probably not. The vast majority of people exposed to someone with prior c diff don't get sick. But exposure to active c diff could lead to colonization, or even infection if on antibiotics. ...Read more
See below: It is an illness with diarrhea and fever, that usually follows antibiotic treatment for some other infection. Clostridium difficile is often a hospital acquired infection. Treatment is usually with an antibiotic though fecal transplant is helpful in some patients. See this site for more information. http://www.cdc.gov/hai/organisms/cdiff/Cdiff-patient.html ...Read more
Name of the organism: The first is the name of the organism the second is the name of the condition. This condition can be varied to the can be very debilitating . You need to see your physician. ...Read more
Fomites: C. Diff is more common in the hospitals and nursing homes and is usually spread by not washing your hands properly. Those who carry that bacteria may not be sick but still my pass the bacteria person to person or through objects such as doorknobs, tv remotes, handles, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: If you are intimate with the individual who has had c. Difficile colitis they may still be a stool carrier and have the potential to give it to you. If this is casual contact, transmission is not likely once the diarrhea has stopped. But continue washing hands and taking routine sanitary precautions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Clostridium difficile toxin b gene present
clostridium dificile antigen presen. Would u no how severe the c diff is?
Have diarrhea or no?: C.Difficile is pathogenic in older children & adults (whose colonic microflora are altered by antibiotics, chemotherapy, salmonella/shigella). C.Diff causes diarrhea w/pseudomembranous & other colitis, complicates inflammatory bowel disease, causes fulminant transmural extension, perforation with peritonitis, toxic megacolon. Treatment, & confirmation of post-treatment eradication, is recommended. ...Read more
Definitely not: C. diff is a disease transmitted by the 'fecal-oral' route, which sounds disgusting because it is. Spores from another patient can contaminate the environment that someone might have visited earlier (like a shared bathroom in a 2 bed room in a hospital). Once those are ingested, under certain conditions (antibiotic use mostly), the spores can germinate and cause infection. C. diff can be bad news. ...Read more
Numbers and type: Viral load refers to how many viral molecules can be detected in the blood. It gives an idea about how active the virus is and can be used to monitor response to therapy. Genotype refers to a test that can identify subtypes of hep c. Certain genotypes are more likely to respond to a given therapy, so this information can be useful in deciding in what treatment, if any, would be best. ...Read more
Autoimmune: Uc or ulcerative colitis is an autoimmune disorder which typically responds to steroids and other immune modulators as imuran (azathioprine). It is not contagious. Complete proctocolectomy with ilioanal j-pouch pull-through "cures" the disease, though backwash ileitis is a common finding on colonoscopy... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Infection: Colon infection from clostridium difficile can cause fever, nausea, abdominal cramping pains, sometimes serious abdominal pain, diarrhea & dehydration. Some people can become very ill from this. Treated with specific antibiotics for this type of infection. Rarely requires surgery if severe & life threatening. ...Read more
None: There is no chronic c. Difficile infection. Untreated c. Difficile diarrhea can persist until effective treatment is given. The stool c. Difficile toxin test confirms the diagnosis. 30% of treated cases relapse and require repeat treatment. Future relapses become more likely and can require prolonged antibiotic treatment or fecal transplant therapy for cure. ...Read more
Some are: Certain forms of infectious colitis can be directly transmitted from person-to-person due a low number of organisms needed to produce infection (shigellosis, e. Coli o157). Some are more likely to be transmitted from one to another through a vehicle in which the bacteria can grow to higher concentrations (salmonellosis, campylobacteriosis). Some are not transmissible like ulcerative colitis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible, unlikely: Vancomycin is seldom taken orally, and when it is it can at least partially treat c. Difficile infection, although it isn't active against spores. When taken IV it is primarily excreted by the kidneys and little is likely to get into the distal colon unchanged. If it did it will not alter flora significantly and predispose to cl. Difficile overgrowth or toxin production by the vegetative form. ...Read more
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