C. Difficile Colitis in Tulsa, OK

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Colitis occurs anytime the large intestine is inflamed. C. difficile refers to clostridium difficile which occurs when bacteria contaminates the body and leads to problems in your intestines. Thus, C. difficile colitis refers to a problem where bacteria invades the body and causes inflammation of the colon. If you or a family member are dealing with, or thinks they might have, colitis, you can trust the GI providers at your nearest Adult Gastroenterology Associates location to help. Our team works hard to provide you with the most innovative care for C. difficile colitis in Tulsa, OK. Please connect with us today to request a consultation.

C. difficile colitis occurs when the body is contaminated with the bacterial strain C. difficile. This type of bacteria is found in things like water, meat, human and animal stool, soil, and more. The bacterial spores can spread through person-to-person contact or through the air and could stay in a certain space for months. A person could mistakenly swallow the bacteria and get infected with C. difficile. Anyone could develop a C. difficile colitis infection and, when infected, they may give the sickness to other people, even when they show no symptoms.

Some people can get infected with C. difficile and not feel ill. Symptoms of colitis can range from very mild to very severe. The most common symptoms of a C. difficile infection include:

  • Pus or blood in the stool
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Abdominal discomfort or pain
  • Watery, loose stools
  • Feeling nauseous
  • Weight loss
  • Having a fever

If you experience one or multiple of these symptoms persistently, please contact a GI provider at your nearest Adult Gastroenterology Associates location immediately. If this is an urgent medical situation, you should contact 911 as quickly as possible.

A C. difficile infection can often be treated with an antibiotic that kills the C. difficile bacteria. Sometimes, in more severe cases, a surgical procedure may be needed to remove the infected portion of the large intestine. We recommend speaking with your Tulsa, OK GI provider to determine the best treatment option for you. If left untreated, this infection can lead to complications like severe dehydration, acute kidney injury, toxic megacolon, or colon perforation. Severe infections could even be fatal. If you have a C. difficile infection, seek help from a GI provider as soon as possible.

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Although C.difficile colitis symptoms can vary from one person to the next, treatment to stop the spread and eliminate the possibility of serious damage to the large intestine is critical. Treatment for C. difficile colitis in Tulsa, OK is not far away. If you are looking for treatment for C. difficile colitis, we recommend you request a consultation with our board-certified GI providers at an Adult Gastroenterology Associates location in your community.

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