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Can cdiff cause alterations in mental status?

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Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine
8 doctors agree

In brief: If severe enough

C diff colitis can result in sepsis, which can manifest as alterations in mental status.
C diff colitis causing sepsis is life threatening. The current definition of sepsis is called qSOFA. You get 1 point each for low blood pressure, high respiratory rate, or altered mental status. A score of 2 or more means you have sepsis. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SOFA_score#Quick_SOFA_Score

In brief: If severe enough

C diff colitis can result in sepsis, which can manifest as alterations in mental status.
C diff colitis causing sepsis is life threatening. The current definition of sepsis is called qSOFA. You get 1 point each for low blood pressure, high respiratory rate, or altered mental status. A score of 2 or more means you have sepsis. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SOFA_score#Quick_SOFA_Score
Dr. Robert Robinson
Dr. Robert Robinson
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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes,

severe bacterial infections, particularly if sepsis occurs, can certainly cause mental status changes.
Also, if the diarrhea is severe enough and untreated, both dehydration and anemia can results in altered mental status.

In brief: Yes,

severe bacterial infections, particularly if sepsis occurs, can certainly cause mental status changes.
Also, if the diarrhea is severe enough and untreated, both dehydration and anemia can results in altered mental status.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Dr. Michael Gabor
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Indirectly

Diarrhea from C diff infection may cause dehydration and electrolyte imbalance that may affect mental status.

In brief: Indirectly

Diarrhea from C diff infection may cause dehydration and electrolyte imbalance that may affect mental status.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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