Colonoscopy Topic Guide
Colonoscopy: Colonoscopy is a procedure used to view the inside of the colon. Reasons for colonoscopy is to detect or diagnose diseases of the colon (Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, colon polyps, colon cancer, colitis). Risks for colonoscopy include colon perforation, infection, or bleeding.
Clostridium Difficile (C. difficile, C. diff, Antibiotic Related Colitis) Clostridium difficile (or C. difficile, C. diff) colitis is an infection of the colon. C. diff infection is most commonly associated with antibiotic use. Another common name is pseudomembranous colitis. C diff bacteria is commonly found on items such as floors, bedpans, phones, fingernails, etc. C diff infection causes are use of certain antibiotics. Risk factors for C diff infection include hospitalization, age, and chronic medical conditions. Treatment is generally with another antibiotic.
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