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What organisms cause toxic megacolon?

What organisms cause toxic megacolon?

Multiple: True toxic megacolon is a complication of crohn's disease and uc. It can be associated with any bacteria present in the colon. Antibiotics given as part of the treatment should cover c. Diff, enterococcus, and gnr's. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Toxic Megacolon (Definition)

Toxic megacolon is a dilation of the colon above 6 cm. It is typically associated with signs of severe illness (such as increased heart rate, fever, etc). It is diagnosed by a thorough assessment by your doctor and abdominal x-rays. It is a serious condition ...Read more


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Is toxic shock syndrome serious?

Is toxic shock syndrome serious?

Very serious: Usually fever, very high >102, rigors (not just chills like the flu), low blood pressure, low urine output. It progresses rapidly and can be life-threatening. It can come from an infection in the vagina that gets into the pelvis or from a rapidly spreading skin or soft tissue infection, that is extremely painful-not just a bit painful. Seek attention immediately. ...Read more

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How often do chron's children develop toxic megacolon?

How often do chron's children develop toxic megacolon?

Uncertain: The percentage of inflammatory bowel patients (ulcerative colitis and crohn's disease) who get toxic megacolon is not known. Around 1990, some estimated the number to be 1% to 5% of patients overall. ...Read more

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Anyone know much about toxic epidermal necrolysis?

Anyone know much about toxic epidermal necrolysis?

Hypersensitivity : Stevens-johnson syndrome & toxic epidermal necrolysis are thought to represent the same disease at different levels of severity. Both are immune mediated hypersensitivity reaction to drugs, infection, malignancy or unknown causes (idiopathic). The illness involves the skin & the mucous membranes. Significant & life threatening systemic involvement can occur in the course of the illness. ...Read more

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Can toxic shock syndrome be fatal?

Can toxic shock syndrome be fatal?

Yes rarely: In the 1980's toxic shock syndrome(tss) was associated with tampons in women who had a strain of toxin- producing staph that caused blood pressure to drop(shock), & complications including kidney failure; it was fatal in patients who were severly ill. Tss occurs rarely with infection with this staph on the skin or after surgery. It is still fatal in some patients even with superb treatment. ...Read more

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I was exposed to very toxic, deadly black mold?

I was exposed to very toxic, deadly black mold?

Black mold: Depending on how much you inhaled it and if you have any lung diseases and or if you have any conditions that affect your immune system, it might cause lung related problems. However if you are healthy, you don't have any symptoms now, you would probably be fine. See a doctor and discuss about it if it still bothers you. ...Read more

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How common is tss (toxic shock syndrome)?

Toxic shock syndrome: Still occurs but it has become quite uncommon. I have seen 2 cases in the past 10 years. ...Read more

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What toxic fumes can result in ards?

What toxic fumes can result in ards?

Irritating chemicals: ARDS is caused mainly by extensive lung inflammation and small blood vessel injury due to sepsis (bacterial infection of the blood), trauma and/or severe pulmonary infection such as pneumonia. However, ARDS also can be linked to multiple transfusions, inhalation of salt water, smoke inhalation of toxic chemicals, aspiration of vomit (inhaling vomit into the lungs), narcotics, sedatives, overdoses. ...Read more

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What else causes toxic shock syndrome besides tampons?

What else causes toxic shock syndrome besides tampons?

Many causes: Toxic shock is a rare syndrome and can be caused by a variety of things, including: tampons, barrier contraceptive devices, skin infections, and postoperative surgical infections. ...Read more

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I have possible toxic shock syndrome help?

I have possible toxic shock syndrome 
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More detail please: Sure, we're happy to help you with this. Could you provide us more information? Toxic shock syndrome generally it is quite dangerous and life-threatening and most people with such a condition often have high fevers severe fatigue and sweating. ...Read more

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How concerning is this toxic shock syndrome?

Very serious: Usually fever, very high >102, rigors (not just chills like the flu), low blood pressure, low urine output. It progresses rapidly and can be life-threatening. It can come from an infection in the vagina that gets into the pelvis or from a rapidly spreading skin or soft tissue infection, that is extremely painful-not just a bit painful. Seek attention immediately. ...Read more

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I think i've had toxic mold exposure (and possible candida overgrowth). What to do?

I think i've had toxic mold exposure (and possible candida overgrowth). What to do?

Get seen: You have symptoms that are unexplained, and they match the very general, very inclusive list of symptoms for two 'pop' diagnoses. It sounds as if you'd do best to get with an evidence-based holistic practitioner who can help you search for real disease, and look at lifestyle and living situation skills that will help you feel much better. ...Read more

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Does toxic goiter can kill you?

Possible: Without being alarmist, taken to extremes it is possible. Unlikely with appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Black toxic mold exposure, what to do?

Black toxic mold exposure, what to do?

Leave the area: First step in treating toxic mold exposure is to leave the affected environment if possible. Then you need to detox from the mycotoxins that make you toxic. If you would like more information please schedule a consult. ...Read more

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Why is lead poisoning considered so dangerous?

Why is lead poisoning considered so dangerous?

Plumbism: Lead is a toxin that has several effects. It can cause brain swelling, brain damage and retardation, damage to peripheral nerves, alterations in consciousness, disorders of attention and learning, at very high levels it can cause death. ...Read more

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Can long term MiraLax (polyethylene glycol) become toxic due to buildup in the body?? Neurological/cardiovascular effects?? I have Gilbert's disease..

Can long term MiraLax (polyethylene glycol) become toxic due to buildup in the body?? Neurological/cardiovascular effects?? I have Gilbert's disease..

No: miralax (polyethylene glycol) stays in the Gastrointestinal tract and doesnt get absorbed into the body, so their should be no neurologic affects. Even if you have Gilbert's disease, which affects the liver, the miralax (polyethylene glycol) doesnt go to the liver at all. It just draws water into the intestinal tract ...Read more

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What is dangerous about inhaling ammonia fumes?

What is dangerous about inhaling ammonia fumes?

Not much: Ammonia fumes are so obnoxious that not many people will tolerate prolonged exposure. Like chlorine bleach, ammonia can be irritating to the linings of the respiratory tract. Use your head and follow your senses: if it hurts, don't do it (or just avoid over-exposure). ...Read more

Megacolon (Definition)

Dilation and hypertrophy of the large intestine, due to ...Read more