Clostridium difficile colitis

John E. Mazuski, Walter E. Longo

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-132
Number of pages12
JournalProblems in General Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002
Externally publishedYes

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