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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Pseudomembranous Colitis (Overview)

Pseudomembranous colitis is a condition of intestinal infection by Clostridium difficile bacteria causing a significant amount of watery, pungent smelling diarrhea as well as fever and abdominal pain. This infection is more common with prior antibiotic use and with hospitalizations.


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How do you get pseudomembranous colitis?

How do you get pseudomembranous colitis?

Several ways: Pseudomembranous colitis is often caused by a particular bacteria, clostridium difficile, which lives in the colon of many of us in small numbers. The most common pathway to developing pseudomembranous colitis is by taking antibiotics. The antibiotic is thought to alter the balance of colon flora, allowing the c diff to overgrow and make toxin, which causes the illness. ...Read more

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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
30 doctors shared insights

Pseudomembranous Colitis (Overview)

Pseudomembranous colitis is a condition of intestinal infection by Clostridium difficile bacteria causing a significant amount of watery, pungent smelling diarrhea as well as fever and abdominal pain. This infection is more common with prior antibiotic use and with hospitalizations.


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One of the side effects of cephalexin is it can cause pseudomembranous colitis. If you were to give a percentage, how likely is this to happen?

Cannot: Clostridium difficile colitis occurs when you alter the normal colonic flora with antibiotics and it grows out and produces toxin. Whether this happens depends on whether you were previously colonized with this organism, the strain in your colon and other factors. No specific %s are available. Don't use antibiotics unless absolutely necessary. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for pseudomembranous colitis?

What is the treatment for pseudomembranous colitis?

Usually antibiotics: Vancomycin and Metronidazole are the most commonly used; fidaxomicin was recently approved; Rifampin and Rifaximin are also used; non-antibiotic therapies: probiotics containing saccharomyces boulardii have been shown to be of benefit; fecal transplants are very effective in difficult cases; some patients seem to resolve the infection without treatment. ...Read more

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Does penicillin induced pseudomembranous colitis go away without drugs?

Severity: Most of the time not but if mild may be able to treat with probiotics but would not take a chance. Seek help. It can be serious as in life threatening. www.drlugo.com. ...Read more

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What is pseudomembranous colitis?

Infection: Pseudomembranous colitis is an infection of the colon due to overgrowth of a bad bacteria, clostridium difficele. It causes inflammation of the lining of the colon, diarrhea, dehydration, water loss, possibly can result in bacteria and the toxin it produces getting into the blood stream. Usually caused from antibiotics that destroyed the normal bacteria in the colon. Treated with Flagyl or vancomy. ...Read more

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How do you get pseudomembranous colitis?

Several ways: Pseudomembranous colitis is often caused by a particular bacteria, clostridium difficile, which lives in the colon of many of us in small numbers. The most common pathway to developing pseudomembranous colitis is by taking antibiotics. The antibiotic is thought to alter the balance of colon flora, allowing the c diff to overgrow and make toxin, which causes the illness. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colitis (Definition)

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