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Putting the Spotlight On Superbug Infection – C Difficile

Despite knowing the gory, textbook details about c. difficile— its resistance to most antibiotics… its potentially deadly consequences— the first time I met someone who was severely affected by it, I was a little shocked.  Waiting for the bus, one day, I noticed a man in a very bad mood.  Making a visible effort to control his pain, he seemed to be suffering from one of the usual ailments that affect the elderly— such as arthritis or heart disease.  After striking up a brief conversation, though, he told me about his experience with c. difficile and how a single course of antibiotics changed his life forever. His story began in the early 2000s, when he developed a c. difficile superbug infection after being treated for pneumonia.  Pointing to the colostomy bag on his hip, he told me how he needed to have the majority of his large intestine removed to survive.  Despite all this, his biggest concern was trying to prevent the same thing from happening to others.  With over 14 000 c. difficile-related deaths in the US last year, it’s likely a sentiment that many people share.  Fortunately newer technologies may be able to help to shine the light on antibiotic resistant c. difficile.

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How Far Would You Go To Cure A C. Difficile Infection: Fecal Transplant?

How far would you go to cure a C. diff infection? For those who have experienced the suffering associated with such infections, the answer is probably as far as possible. This question brings light to an increasingly promising, yet somewhat controversial treatment for C. diff: the fecal transplant. Just as the name suggests, this treatment utilizes healthy stool from a donor to restore the bacterial balance in the C.diff patient’s G.I. tract. As unappealing as this treatment might sound, it appears to be highly effective.

A recent study investigating the public perception of the treatment suggests that while most individuals do view the treatment as rather off-putting, most would utilize the procedure if necessary. This is especially true in cases where the procedure is recommended by the patient’s doctor. This small study is helping researchers to better understand the reasons behind some doctors’ refusal to utilize fecal transplants as a treatment method. Such doctors generally blame the patient’s own refusal to undergo the procedure as the main reason for not embracing the option. Read more »

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