Clostridium difficile is the principal cause of infectious diarrhea in hospitalized patients. This pathogen is primarily acquired following exposure to various antibiotics. Disease due to C. difficile is usually successfully treated with either oral metronidazole or vancomycin. Surgical therapy, generally subtotal colectomy, is necessary for a small number of patients who have fulminant colitis unresponsive to medical therapy.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Problems in General Surgery|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2002|