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Can you get c-diff without a colon? My fiance is in the hospital right now. He's having serve diarrhea, stomach pain, and headache along with extreme nausea. The doctor said that he has c-diff but the thing is he got his entire colon removed back in 2010.

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Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Even

Even though it is very rare (only 19 cases reported as of 2009), it is possible to have a c.
Difficile infection without a colon. I attached the abstract of the paper that describes it below. I hope your fiance is feeling better soon!

In brief: Even

Even though it is very rare (only 19 cases reported as of 2009), it is possible to have a c.
Difficile infection without a colon. I attached the abstract of the paper that describes it below. I hope your fiance is feeling better soon!
Dr. Laura McMullen
Dr. Laura McMullen
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Dr. Michael Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

You can get c. Difficile enteritis in the small intestine after colectomy.
It is usually characterized by high output iliostomy diarrhea.

In brief: Yes

You can get c. Difficile enteritis in the small intestine after colectomy.
It is usually characterized by high output iliostomy diarrhea.
Dr. Michael Ein
Dr. Michael Ein
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Dr. Emil Shakov
Aesthetic Medicine

In brief: Not usually

C diff affects the colon specifically and not the small intestine.
If he had no colon does he have ileostomy? If he has rectum than that can get infected.

In brief: Not usually

C diff affects the colon specifically and not the small intestine.
If he had no colon does he have ileostomy? If he has rectum than that can get infected.
Dr. Emil Shakov
Dr. Emil Shakov
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