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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is pseudomembranous colitis?

An infection of the large intestine, typically following antibiotic use. The antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria, disrupting the normal balance of gut flora.

Symptoms of pseudomembranous colitis

  • Fever

  • Recent antibiotic use

  • Blood in stool

  • Skin or eyes turning yellow

  • Abdominal pain

  • Pain when pressing down on the abdomen

  • Feeling the need to pass motion even though nothing comes out

  • Diarrhea

Questions your doctor may ask to check for pseudomembranous colitis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose pseudomembranous colitis

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Are you on antibiotics or have you recently taken any?

  • Do you have blood in your stool?

  • Are your eyes or skin turning yellow?

  • Do you have a stomach ache?

Treatment for pseudomembranous colitis

It's important to stop the antibiotics causing this infection. After that, another antibiotic that targets the infection is given to kill the harmful bacteria.

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References

  • Farooq PD, Urrunaga NH, Tang DM, von Rosenvinge EC. Pseudomembranous colitis. Dis Mon. 2015 May;61(5):181-206. doi: 10.1016/j.disamonth.2015.01.006. Epub 2015 Mar 11. PMID: 25769243; PMCID: PMC4402243.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0011502915000073?via%3Dihub

  • Gollol Raju NS, Jayananda S, Ali E, Harvin G. Phentermine-Associated Pseudomembranous Colitis. Am J Ther. 2021 Jul-Aug 01;28(4):e492-e493. doi: 10.1097/MJT.0000000000001068. PMID: 34228655.

    https://journals.lww.com/americantherapeutics/Citation/2021/08000/Phentermine_Associated_Pseudomembranous_Colitis.12.aspx

  • Ishizawa R, Mori N. Pseudomembranous Colitis Due to Intestinal Amebiasis. Intern Med. 2021 Oct 15;60(20):3335-3336. doi: 10.2169/internalmedicine.7230-21. Epub 2021 Apr 26. PMID: 33896868; PMCID: PMC8580757.

    https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/internalmedicine/60/20/60_7230-21/_article

  • Tang DM, Urrunaga NH, von Rosenvinge EC. Pseudomembranous colitis: Not always Clostridium difficile. Cleve Clin J Med. 2016 May;83(5):361-6. doi: 10.3949/ccjm.83a.14183. PMID: 27168512.

    https://www.ccjm.org/content/83/5/361

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Reviewed By:

Maxwell J. Nanes, DO

Maxwell J. Nanes, DO (Emergency department)

Dr Nanes received a doctorate from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to complete a residency in emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. There he trained at Froedtert Hospital and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in the practice of adult and pediatric emergency medicine. He was a chief resident and received numerous awards for teaching excellence during his time there. | | After residency he took a job at a community hospital where he and his colleagues worked through the toughest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. |

Aiko Yoshioka, MD

Aiko Yoshioka, MD (Gastroenterology)

Dr. Yoshioka graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine. He worked as a gastroenterologist at Saiseikai Niigata Hospital and Niigata University Medical & Dental Hospital before serving as the Deputy Chief of Gastroenterology at Tsubame Rosai Hospital and Nagaoka Red Cross Hospital. Dr. Yoshioka joined Saitama Saiseikai Kawaguchi General Hospital as Chief of Gastroenterology in April 2018.

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