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How do you get pseudomembranous colitis?

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Dr. Jan Rakinic
Surgery - Colorectal
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Dr. Jan Rakinic
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3 comments
Dr. Barry Rosen
....and it spreads like a wildfire in a hospital/nursing home setting! Make sure your caregiver ALWAYS washes their hands BEFORE they care for you.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Agree. Also increase in IBD, elderly, pregnancy, immune suppressants. WASH YOUR HANDS with SOAP AND WATER, NOT PURELL
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In brief: Antibiotics usually

Most of the time, antibiotics are the culprit; even one dose can cause it; the diarrhea can occur weeks after the antibiotic use.

In brief: Antibiotics usually

Most of the time, antibiotics are the culprit; even one dose can cause it; the diarrhea can occur weeks after the antibiotic use.
Dr. Ihor Zakaluzny
Dr. Ihor Zakaluzny
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