What are the tests for clostridium difficile infections?

Stool test. The most commonly used tests for c diff are two different stool tests. One test looks for the unique toxin which c diff produces that causes the diarrhea. The other test searches for the gene (dna) that is specific to c diff and encodes the information to produce the toxin.

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What are the tests for clostridium difficile infection?

C. diff. Both the bacterial toxin and the gene coding for the toxin can be found in the diarrheal stool. Additionally, the diarrhea has a peculiar mousy/musty aroma. Read more...

Why are clostridium difficile infections hard to treat?

It produces spores. Partly it is the persons immune system and general health that makes it recur more often. The main problem is it comes back after treatment. Clostridium produces endospores. Endospore is is a tough structure in which the bacteria is dormant and not reproducing. Antibiotics don't affect the spores so after the symptoms are gone, the spores activate and then cause reinfection. Read more...
Relapses. 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. Read more...

What is the likelihood of a relapse with clostridium difficile infections?

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. Read more...
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%. Read more...

What is clostridium difficile infection rate of spread?

Depends. It depends on how sick the initial patient is, how sick the exposed patients are, and how aware of infection control the care providers are. In wards where it is allowed to run wild, it can spread throughout the entire ward in a matter of days. Read more...

What are the symptoms of clostridium difficile infection?

Fever diarrhea. C. Difficile is a common bacteria that causes problems when the norm/friendly gut bacteria is weakened or gone due to antibiotics usually. Symptoms are abdominal pain, fever, diarrhea, often with blood present. It can be a serious and even deadly infection, so please get checked if you have these symptoms. Read more...