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How long does the stool test for clostridium dificile take?

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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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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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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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 tests for clostridium difficile infections?

What are the tests for clostridium difficile infections?

Stool test: The most commonly used tests for c diff are two different stool tests. One test looks for the unique toxin which c diff produces that causes the diarrhea. The other test searches for the gene (dna) that is specific to c diff and encodes the information to produce the toxin. ...Read more

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Recovering from clostridium difficile colitis. Still have no appetite. Or energy. About how long until I get these back?

Variable: If you are being treated with antibiotics, particularly with Metronidazole (flagyl), your appetite may not correct until you are off this. Any severe infection can suppress appetite and the time necessary for recovery with vary widely. Good luck and hope you recover quickly. ...Read more

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Had clostridium difficile, toxin a and b. Was cured and test show all are negative. Diarrea continues what can I do?

Retest: If you had confirmed c diff and diarrhea has returned following treatment then you likely have recurrence. The stool studies are not 100% accurate. ...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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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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What is the likelihood of a relapse with clostridium difficile infections?

What is the likelihood of a relapse with clostridium difficile infections?

Common: There is a small percentage of c. Dificile infections that recur so it does happen. However with newer treatments it happens less. You may want to look into sarcomyces boullardi[ (forgive me if mispelled) or florastor which for a long time was used in europe to treat c. Dif infections...With huge success. Check out your local healthfood store; or ask your doctor for more info. ...Read more

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Are there home remedies that are effective in fighting clostridium difficile infections?

Are there home remedies that are effective in fighting clostridium difficile infections?

Gross but Good: Studies show that consuming the stool (feces) of a close contact is just as effective in treating clostridium difficile associated diarrhea (cdad) as some of the leading prescribed medications. The papers describe the procedure even noting the name and model of the blender used to mix the #! #@ (feces). Gross but good. ...Read more

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I am recovering from a clostridium difficile infection. I heard recurrence happens, how likely is it? Is there a way to prevent it?

I am recovering from a clostridium difficile infection. I heard recurrence happens, how likely is it? Is there a way to prevent it?

Unlikely: Most people do not relapse. Older people seem to be highest risk. A well accepted and proven preventative option does not yet exist. Many infections don't need antibiotics (sinus, bronchitis, ear) so avoiding antibiotics if you can - one option. ...Read more

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What is intestinal infection with clostridium difficile?

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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Why is clostridium difficile infections levels increasing in the elderly?

Old - vulnerable.: The elderly are at increased risk of acquiring C diff infection because of:
1) co-morbidities;
2) need for hospitalization and extended
stays in health care facilities (nursing home etc.);
3) higher rate of procedures especially GI procedures;
4) increase antibiotic exposure and;
5) possibly poor fecal microbiome reconstitution and immunity. ...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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What can transmit clostridium difficile?

Fecal contamination: C diff may be transmitted from one patient to an other on the hands of hospital workers if they do not wash hands between patients. ...Read more

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Can you get clostridium dificile from some who has it?

Can you get clostridium dificile from some who has it?

Yes...: Exactly why we isolate patients in the hospital and clean their rooms with bleach. Development of disease however requires certain risk factors such as recent antibiotics, us of acid suppressing medications etc. Rarely have I encountered patients without any classic risk factors. ...Read more

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Can I leave the country if I have clostridium difficile?

Probably not: C difficile can be a very serious illness, and recurs in 20 -30% of patients. You must ask your doctor if you should postpone your trip until a time when you are healthier.
Foreign travelers should always carry prescribed medications with carry-on and not in checked luggage. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: clostridium difficile?

Sometimes called: 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, a potentially lethal disease. ...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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Is there a medical cure for clostridium difficile?

Is there a medical cure for clostridium difficile?

Yes. A few options..: Most cases of c. Dif colitis can be treated by oral/iv metronidazole, oral vanocomycin, and maybe add of Cholestyramine resins. Newer agent Dificid (fidaxomicin) is effective, but $$$. Bacitracin has some use, but not standard of care. For persistent/recurrent cases after treatments with above, a stool-transplant (yes, stool transplant--u read it right) can be done. Consult your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of c- diff (clostridium difficile)?

Symptoms: Symptoms include abdominal pain which can be dull or crampy, watery diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, fevers, or chills. These symptoms are not different than most diarrheas which are viral in origin (norovirus for example) and it can be tough to differentiate. ...Read more

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Clostridium difficile in carpet. Should it be replaced in my home?

Clostridium difficile in carpet. Should it be replaced in my home?

An unusual find...: I'm assuming your carpeting has been tainted by stool from an infected individual (you mentioned your mother has the bacteria). She needs appropriate treatment to eradicate the infection. Until cleared, she should not handle food, & all contacts must wash hands well. A thorough steam-cleaning of your carpet should suffice, but you may want to consider hardwood if she is prone to incontinence. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: clostridium difficile toxin?

Toxin: Clostridium difficile is a slow growing, spore forming bacterium that can cause infection in humans, especially in the setting of antibiotic use. The toxin produced causes a colitis, resulting in diarrhea that is often bloody. ...Read more

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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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Chances of someone getting clostridium difficile colitis from cefprozole? And how would they know?

Pretty Low: I think u r referring to cefprozil, a 2nd generation cephalosporin antibiotic. In theory any antibiotic can place you at risk for a clostridium difficile infection, but is much more likely in an elderly, hospitalized patient who might have a weakened immune system. Although Cefprozil is not particularly associated with c diff, using a probiotic or eating yogurt will help. If c diff, severe diarrhea. ...Read more

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Wat toxin is worse. Toxin a. Toxin b. Or toxin a & b? Clostridium difficile. If u have only toxin b should u still be on treatment?

C.Diff: Both toxins play a role. There are different strains that produce either one or both. No matter what, you need to be treated as long as you are symptomatic and have it confirmed. ...Read more

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How can you get rid of c.Diff. (clostridium difficile)?

Agree with above: The infection has a propensity to relapse hence, fecal matter transplantation should be considered in some cases to restore gut microbiome. Would try not taking antibiotics if can be avoided. ...Read more

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Why is clostridium difficile an opportunistic infection?

Why is clostridium difficile an opportunistic infection?

Lack of normal bugs: C diff only get foot hold in the colon when normal bugs are killed off by antibiotics. ...Read more

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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?

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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Clostridium difficile and melanoma, can you tell me about this?

Bacteria and a cance: Clostridium difficile is a bacteria that causes severe diarrhea in patients that are exposed to the pathogen. It also arises in patients that are taking antibiotics for other reasons. Melanoma is a type of skin cancer. Melanoma is also the deadliest type of skin cancer as it is able to travel to different sites of the body. I am not sure of a link between the two. ...Read more

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