The colon consists of the large intestine, anus and rectum. The gastrointestinal tract runs from the mouth to the anus as part of the body’s waste disposal system. The colon’s job is to dispose of feces using over 60 different kinds of bacteria to do so. Necrotizing colitis, or pseudomembranous colitis, is a very specific disease that produces too much of a bacteria called Clostridium difficile, causing infection. This bacteria creates a toxin that inflames the lining of the colon when released, allowing an overgrowth that may cause bleeding in the colon.
The most recognized factor in receiving this illness is use of antibiotics like ampicillin, clindamycin, fluoroquinolones and cephalosporins. These antibiotics seem to further inflict the bacteria overgrowth. The disease can also be caused by recent surgery or simple old age. It is common for people in the hospital to become inflicted, due to the passing of bacteria between patients. The typical signs of necrotizing colitis include dehydration, nausea, mild or severe abdominal cramps, strong urge to have a bowel movement and the passing of stools that are bloody or contain pus or mucus. Those suffering also often have watery diarrhea between 5 and 10 times a day.
Untreated necrotizing colitis can cause a hole in the colon to appear, which can cause severe complications. In most cases, the symptoms can dissipate with a halting of antibiotics that may have caused the illness, as well as the taking of other medication, typically metronidazole. A colonoscopy is usually required to diagnose necrotizing colitis.
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