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Doctor insights on: Toxin Clostridium Botulinum

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Does the body produce antitoxins against clostridium botulinum and tetani toxins?

Does the body produce antitoxins against clostridium botulinum and tetani toxins?

Yes but...: In neither conditions, recovery from the disease does not confer immunity because the toxin is usually not present in amount large enough to induce adequate immune response. ...Read more

Toxin (Definition)

Poisonous substance produced within living cells or organisms;man-made substances created by artificial processes are thus excluded. The term was first used by organic chemist ludwig brieger (1849–1919). For a toxic substance not produced within living organisms, "toxicant" and "toxics" are also sometimes used.[citation needed]. Toxins can be small ...Read more


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What's a clostridium botulinum culture?

What's a clostridium botulinum culture?

Unclear question: Clostridium botulinum organism cause paralytic food poisoning, usally through contamination of home canned goods. It grows in an anerobic environment and releases a toxin that affects muscle function. ...Read more

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Where does clostridium botulinum live in the body?

Where does clostridium botulinum live in the body?

Not normally: C botulinum is not a normal constituent of human body. It could exist in the colon. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how clostridium botulinum move around the body?

Can you tell me how clostridium botulinum move around the body?

Clostridium botulinu: Botulism can be spread through contaminated food, wound infections and bacterial spores in an infant’s GI tract. Toxins can spread to lungs, the nerves, brain and spinal cord. ...Read more

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How could clostridium botulinum be cultured on agar?

How could clostridium botulinum be cultured on agar?

Huh?: You don't want to do that, otherwise you will have federal authorities knocking on your front door with a warrant for your arrest. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how can clostridium botulinum botulism atacks and spreads?

Can you tell me how can clostridium botulinum botulism atacks and spreads?

Food poisoning: Improperly canned food, contaminated with bacterium clostridium botulinum lead to production of botulinum toxin that causes paralysis. Other types occur in infants due to intestinal infection and some times in adults due to wound infection. The bacterium is present in soil. See this site for more info.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/botulism/ds00657. ...Read more

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What is the immune response to clostridium botulinum, clostridium tetani or clostridium perfringes?

What is the immune response to clostridium botulinum, clostridium tetani or clostridium perfringes?

Do your homework: Your instructors will expect you to answer your homework questions from the assigned reading. The wording and jargon will be recognizable and you will be dinged if you do not. This information site is not set up to provide a shortcut for homework answers. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: clostridium difficile toxin?

What is the definition or description of: clostridium difficile toxin?

Toxin: Clostridium difficile is a slow growing, spore forming bacterium that can cause infection in humans, especially in the setting of antibiotic use. The toxin produced causes a colitis, resulting in diarrhea that is often bloody. ...Read more

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Had clostridium difficile, toxin a and b. Was cured and test show all are negative. Diarrea continues what can I do?

Retest: If you had confirmed c diff and diarrhea has returned following treatment then you likely have recurrence. The stool studies are not 100% accurate. ...Read more

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Wat toxin is worse. Toxin a. Toxin b. Or toxin a & b? Clostridium difficile. If u have only toxin b should u still be on treatment?

C.Diff: Both toxins play a role. There are different strains that produce either one or both. No matter what, you need to be treated as long as you are symptomatic and have it confirmed. ...Read more

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Clostridium difficile toxin b gene present clostridium dificile antigen presen. Would u no how severe the c diff is?

Clostridium difficile toxin b gene present clostridium dificile antigen presen. Would u no how severe the c diff is?

Have diarrhea or no?: 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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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 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

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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, . ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is there a medical cure for clostridium difficile?

Is there a medical cure for clostridium difficile?

Yes. A few options..: Most cases of c. Dif colitis can be treated by oral/iv metronidazole, oral vanocomycin, and maybe add of Cholestyramine resins. Newer agent Dificid (fidaxomicin) is effective, but $$$. Bacitracin has some use, but not standard of care. For persistent/recurrent cases after treatments with above, a stool-transplant (yes, stool transplant--u read it right) can be done. Consult your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is Clostridium Tetani the scientific name for Tetanus?

Yes: Clostridium tetani is the name for the bacteria that causes tetanus. More details on tetanus can be found here:
http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/229594-overview#showall ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of c- diff (clostridium difficile)?

Symptoms: Symptoms include abdominal pain which can be dull or crampy, watery diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, fevers, or chills. These symptoms are not different than most diarrheas which are viral in origin (norovirus for example) and it can be tough to differentiate. ...Read more

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Clostridium difficile in carpet. Should it be replaced in my home?

Clostridium difficile in carpet. Should it be replaced in my home?

An unusual find...: I'm assuming your carpeting has been tainted by stool from an infected individual (you mentioned your mother has the bacteria). She needs appropriate treatment to eradicate the infection. Until cleared, she should not handle food, & all contacts must wash hands well. A thorough steam-cleaning of your carpet should suffice, but you may want to consider hardwood if she is prone to incontinence. ...Read more

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How well does rifxamin work for sibo? How about causeing or treating clostridium difficle.

SIBO: Bacterial overgrowth is often treated with a course of antibiotics. Some recommend probiotics as first line therapy with antibiotics being reserved as second line treatment for more severe cases. Antibiotics like tetracycline, amoxicillin-clavulanate, fluoroquinolones, metronidazole, neomycin, cephalexin, tmp-smx, have been used; however, the best evidence is for the use of rifaximin. ...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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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'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?

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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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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