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What is the definition or description of: clostridium infection?

What is the definition or description of: clostridium infection?

Bacterial: Clostridia are a group of anaerobic bacteria that can cause anything from tetanus, to botulism, to gas gangrene. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Explain the condition called a clostridium infection.?

Explain the condition called a clostridium infection.?

Several kinds: Clostridium is a bacterial genus. There are many species:c. Perfringens causes gas gangrene, c. Botulinum causes botulism (food poisoning). C. Difficele produces a toxin that causes severe diarrhea and fever. It occurs as a result of overgrowth of c. Difficele in the colon, which is an adverse effect following the use of antibiotics. It is treatable with antibiotics directed specifically at it, . ...Read more

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How is clostridium (c diff) infection diagnosed?

How is clostridium (c diff) infection diagnosed?

Stool test: Usually c.Diff is determined by the presence of c.Diff toxin. If it present the patient has c.Diff infection. This is usually done through stool testing. ...Read more

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Are there home remedies for clostridium (c diff) infection?

Are there home remedies for clostridium (c diff) infection?

NO: Do not try to treat this at home with "home remedies". This is a bad illness which can result in profound damages if not appropriately treated and eradicated. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have a clostridium tetani infection?

How can you tell if you have a clostridium tetani infection?

Lock jaw: Check out this site for information on tetanus. An effective vaccine, dtap is available that will prevent tetanus, get the vaccine and a booster dose every ten years.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/tetanus/ds00227. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of clostridium (c diff) infection?

Diarrhea & lots more: 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

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Ok I've got clostridium (c diff) infection. What should I do?

Treat: This bacteria can be treated with flagyl, vancomycin or fidaxin.
More and more patients are getting this condition. There may be a link between c.Diff and medications like Prilosec and nexium (esomeprazole). ...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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I've just been told I have clostridium (c diff) infection, should I be concerned?

I've just been told I have clostridium (c diff) infection, should I be concerned?

Depends: Most healthy patients with c.Diff get treated and do well. Unfortunately, older and more immunocompromised patients are susceptible to toxic megacolon from c.Diff. If you do have this condition you should see a doctor and get appropriate antibiotic treatment. ...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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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?

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 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 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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What is a clostridium difficile infection and how does it occur?

What is a clostridium difficile infection and how does it occur?

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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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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Can I get immunity after I suffer from a clostridium difficile infection?

Not really: No - c. Diff is a bacteria, that everyone has in their gut all the time. Normally, it staysin balance with other bacteria and doesn't cause problems. However, sometimes it takes advantage and overgrows and acts up - like after antibiotics. We don't really develop immunity to it, just get back into appropriately balance so that it doesn't act up again. ...Read more

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Are there long-term effects of clostridium (c diff) infection on my child's health?

C.difficile in kids: C.Difficile is frequently cultured from the stool of healthy newborns but considered pathogenic in older children & adults (whose colonic microflora are altered by antibiotics, chemotherapy, salmonella/shigella). C.Diff may cause pseudomembranous & other colitis, complicate inflammatory bowel disease, cause fulminant transmural extension, perforation with peritonitis, toxic megacolon. Get treated. ...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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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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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

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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?

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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How many spores of clostridium difficile do you have to eat to get an infection?

Not many: The key point in most cases of "c. Diff" is the change in the micro flora of the gut through the use of antimicrobials. ...Read more

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I have Crohn's disease? Am I more susceptible to clostridium difficile infections?

Not really: It is not that you're more susceptible, it's that you are more likely to be treated with antibiotics because of your condition. As c diff is typically a post-antibiotic illness, you are more likely to experience it. But it's not directly because of crohn's. ...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


Dr. Anand Kishore
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Clostridium Infection (Definition)

Clostridia are a group of anaerobic bacteria that can cause anything from tetanus, to ...Read more