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What is the likelihood of a relapse with clostridium difficile infections?
6 doctors weighed in

Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Paul Cohen
Dr. Paul Cohen
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Dr. Michael Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
In brief: 20-30%
C. Difficile infections are not generally hard to treat and more than 90% initially respond well to vancomycin or Metronidazole treatment.
The problem is the high rate of relapse after treatment of 20-30%. The risk of future relapses increases after each relapse. Relapses are treated with a tapering and pulse course of vancomycin. Multiple relapses may require a fecal transplant -cures 91%.

In brief: 20-30%
C. Difficile infections are not generally hard to treat and more than 90% initially respond well to vancomycin or Metronidazole treatment.
The problem is the high rate of relapse after treatment of 20-30%. The risk of future relapses increases after each relapse. Relapses are treated with a tapering and pulse course of vancomycin. Multiple relapses may require a fecal transplant -cures 91%.
Dr. Michael Ein
Dr. Michael Ein
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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
In brief: Perhaps 10%
But if a relapse occurs once, more relapses are common.

In brief: Perhaps 10%
But if a relapse occurs once, more relapses are common.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Dr. Larry Lutwick
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