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Question: C-Diff- tested pos 10 dys ago, neg today- still hv diarrhea


 kwdreams - Mon Dec 29, 2003 9:10 pm

Does anyone know how long before symptoms disappear? I was not put on antibiotic due to pregnancy.
 Dr. Russell M - Tue Dec 30, 2003 1:32 am

User avatar Hi!

C diff diarrhea usually occurs after antibiotic usage or hospitalization. Most patients recover without specific therapy. When possible, cessation of the causative antibiotic is essential. This cessation may be the only treatment necessary for those with mild antibiotic-associated diarrhea without fever, abdominal pain, or leukocytosis.

Severe diarrhea patients should receive treatment antibiotics for 10 days to which 95% respond with symptomatic response within 2-3 days. Even with this mode relapse can occur after treatment.

Successful treatment of C difficile diarrhea in pregnancy has been reported in a study from University of North Carolina school of medicine with metronidazole.

Hope this helps.

Warm regards,

-Bill

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