Basics Overview of C. difficile Infection
Diarrhea is a frequent side effect of antibiotics, occurring 10 – 20% of the time. We presume it is a result of a change in the colonic bacteria and how they metabolize carbohydrates. Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is due to a toxin producing bacteria that causes a more severe form of antibiotic diarrhea. The spectrum of disease ranges from mild diarrhea to severe colon inflammation that can even be fatal. CDI usually occurs when people have taken antibiotics that change the normal colon bacteria allowing the C. difficile bacteria to grow and produce its toxins. Since 2000, there has been a dramatic increase in the number and severity of cases of C. difficile infection (CDI).
Symptoms of CDI can vary. Some people are asymptomatic carriers. Diarrhea is the most common symptom; it is usually watery and rarely bloody and may be associated with crampy abdominal pain. Associated symptoms are feeling poorly, fever, nausea and vomiting. Signs of severe disease include fever and abdominal tenderness.
C. difficile is a gram positive bacterium. This bacterium is ubiquitous in the environment, and produces spores that are hard to eradicate. The bacteria produce two main toxins – toxins A and B – that cause inflammation in the colon.
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With over 80 years of combined experience, our digestive disease doctors perform thousands of procedures each year. Our patients are in the hands of the most qualified and highly trained gastroenterologists in Palm Beach. Our physicians are the foremost experts in C. difficile Infection, digestive wellness and gastrointestinal diseases.
Formed in 2005, Digestive Center of the Palm Beaches has two convenient office locations in West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens, as well as hospital privileges at Good Samaritan, St. Mary’s and Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. Our gastroenterology center is fully certified by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).
Our center for gastroenterology is a doctor’s office, as well as an outpatient endoscopic facility, specializing in C. difficile Infection, colon cancer screening and gastroenterology. We take pride in providing high-quality healthcare services in a warm and welcoming environment, where guests feel comfortable and secure. The Palm Beach Gardens gastroenterologists, nurses and staff appreciate the confidence and trust that you have placed in us.
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