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Clostridium Difficile - DEMO


The diagnosis for this unfortunate patient was suspected sepsis due to toxic megacolon from Clostridium difficile. He underwent an emergent sub-total colectomy and was found to have disseminated intravascular coagulopathy. The patient died shortly after surgery from uncontrollable bleeding.

Cases such as this have resulted in a great deal of media attention.  The Chicago Tribune has often been at the forefront reporting issues with healthcare-acquired infections, including Clostridium. Here,they report Clostridium difficile infections are multiplying in hospitals.

Q: [Sepsis] - Infectious microorganisms or their toxins in the blood stream
Q: [Intravascular] - Area within the blood vessels
Q: [Coagulopathy] - A blood clotting or bleeding disorder
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