No. There is no link with c diff and certain blood groups. Clostridium difficile is a bacteria that causes severe diarrhea and other intestinal disease when competing bacteria in the gut flora have been wiped out by antibiotics.
Would a occult bld stl I test show a clostridium difficile infection or is this just a test to show blood in stools?
No. These are two different tests. A separate test would have to be ordered to check for clostridium difficile.
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.
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.
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.
Colon infection. Clostridium difficile infection is a growing epidemic where the colon is infected by a bacteria called, you guessed it, clostridium difficile. Although some people may be asymptomatic, it usually causes diarrhea and can lead to a life-threatening condition called megacolon. Treatment of late has become more and more complicated due to antibiotic resistance. Seek an md if you have this.
Abx complication. An infection resulting from antibiotic use that can cause diarrhea and other colonic problems. It requires treatment with either Metronidazole or oral vancomycin.
C.Diff. Approximately 20% of individuals who are hospitalized acquire c difficile during hospitalization, and more than 30% of these patients develop diarrhea. Thus, c difficile colitis is currently one of the most common nosocomial infections.
Variable. C. Difficile is implicated in 10-30% of people with hospital associated diarrhea. Incidence varies but c. Difficile colitis in acute-care hospitals increased from 30-40 cases per 100, 000 population in the 1990's to 84 per 100, 000 by 2005.