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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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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.

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What's clostridium difficile?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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How's does clostridium difficlie colitis make you feel?

How's does clostridium difficlie colitis make you feel?

Mild and severe: Clostridium difficile overgrow and release toxins that attack the lining of the intestines, causing condition called c.Diff colitis. Infection ranges from mild to life threatening. Mild sxs include watery diarrhea, 3 or more times a day for several days, with abdominal pain or tenderness. Severe sxs diarrhea 15 x/day, severe pain, bloody stools, weight loss.Loss of appetite, .

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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.

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What is clostridium difficile and why is it so dangerous? 

What is clostridium difficile and why is it so dangerous? 

Infectious Colitis: C.Diff is a bacteria may result is a severe infectious colitis (inflammation of the colon). Because of which patients may have terrible diarrhea but most worrisome is toxic colitis requiring a colectomy (removal of your colon). Antibiotic use puts people at risk for c.Diff.

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What does clostridium difficlie stooll look like. Color wise.

Straw-colored: This is how i learned it. However, i find food like descriptions much more relatable- watered-down ice coffee, or diluted cafe-au-lait with a slightly more yellowish hue. The consistency is entirely watery with no pieces of stool. It also has a very characteristic smell that's hard to describe.

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What are the most apparent symptoms of clostridium perfringens?

What are the most apparent symptoms of clostridium perfringens?

Gas gangrene: It is one of the organisms that caused gas gangrene. The affected tissues are swollen, hemorrhagic and may have gas bubbles under the skin and in muscles.

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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.

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How does clostridium perfringens attack and spread around the body?

How does clostridium perfringens attack and spread around the body?

Gas gangrene: C. Perfringens is the classical cause of gas gangrene when bacterial spores are introduced into muscle in the setting of a (classically) war time injury.