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How long does a c-diff infection last?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Long if not treated

C. Difficile can cause a prolonged severe colitis if it is not treated.
If treated it usually starts to improve 3-4 days into the 10-14 day treatment course. Relapses occur in 25% of cases. These relapses require re-treatment and can continue to recur requiring prolonged pulse/taper vancomycin treatment and even fecal transplant therapy for cure.

In brief: Long if not treated

C. Difficile can cause a prolonged severe colitis if it is not treated.
If treated it usually starts to improve 3-4 days into the 10-14 day treatment course. Relapses occur in 25% of cases. These relapses require re-treatment and can continue to recur requiring prolonged pulse/taper vancomycin treatment and even fecal transplant therapy for cure.
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