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What is the incidence of clostridium difficile infection in the us?

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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Incidence (Definition)

...That is a measure of the risk of developing some new condition within a certain period of time. The incidence rate is the # of new cases per population that develop a disease over a period of time. So, in a population of 100, if 5 people develop the disease within 5 years, the incidence rate is 5% over 5 years. Compare to 'prevalence', which measures the total # ...Read more


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What's clostridium difficile?

Colitis: This organism causes colitis in patients given antibiotis. The antibiotics kill the normal flora in the colon and allow c diff to grow. It releases a toxin that causes necrosis and ulcers in the colon. The infection may be acquired in the hospital and sperad by hospital, on their hands, from one patient to another. ...Read more

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What is clostridium dificile?

What is clostridium dificile?

Diarrheal illness: Clostridium difficile (c. Diff) is a bacteria that is difficult to kill with traditional antibiotics. When a person's large intestine is colonized with c. Diff, then, under certain circumstances, the bacteria will produce toxins which can lead to severe diarrhea which can be life-threatening. ...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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What causes clostridium tetani ?

What causes clostridium tetani




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Tetanus ...: Is the disease caused by a toxin elaborated by the organism called clostridium tetani. ...Read more

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What is the life cycle of clostridium tetani?

What is the life cycle of clostridium tetani?

Soil bacterium: It is an anaerobic gram positive bacterium that forms spores and lives in soil. Contamination of wound, even puncture wounds can cause tetanus. Vaccination is effective for 10 years. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of clostridium difficile?

Diarrhea: Most often following antimicrobial therapy (or sometimes cancer chemotherapy), the patient develops watery diarrhea which often has a mousy, horse barn like odor. There can be fever and sometimes a quite elevated white blood cell count. Some strains, in the last few years, seem to be hyper producers of toxin with more severe symptoms likely. ...Read more

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What is the classification of clostridium difficile?

Unclear question: C difficile is a gram positive bacterium that is associated with colitis. See this site for more information about C difficile infection. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/c-difficile/basics/definition/con-20029664 ...Read more

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What is the life cycle of a clostridium tetani cell?

Is this a school: assignment ? I hope you would not be asking the physicians on Healthtap to complete your assignment for you. Check - http://www.bio.davidson.edu/people/sosarafova/assets/bio307/cahermes/lifecycle.htm ...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