How Long Does Pseudomembranous Colitis Last?

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Definition

Pseudomembranous colitis is infection of the large intestine (colon) with an overgrowth of Clostridium difficile bacteria.


Alternative Names

Antibiotic-associated colitis; Colitis - pseudomembranous; Necrotizing colitis


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

The Clostridium difficile bacteria is normally present in the intestine. However, it may overgrow when antibiotics are taken. The bacteria release a powerful toxin that causes the symptoms. The lining of the colon becomes inflamed and...

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