Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Intestinal Infection Clostridium Difficile Underlying Cause

Pseudomembranous colitis is caused by treatment with antibiotics. The antibiotics kill bacteria that normally grow in the intestine and colon, and allow a toxic bacteria, called Clostridium difficile, to grow. This bacterium produces a chemical that is toxic to the colon, resulting in irritation and inflammation of the colon.

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Last Updated: Aug 10, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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