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How is pseudomembranous colitis (PMC) diagnosed?

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To find out if you have PMC, you may need one of these tests:

You also may have a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy, which are exams that look inside your colon with a thin flexible tube. Your doctor may take a tissue sample during the exam for testing.

  • Blood test to check your white blood cell count
  • Imaging tests, like an X-ray or CT scan of your lower belly (for serious cases)
  • Stool sample test to check for bacteria in your colon

From: What Is Pseudomembranous Colitis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Hempel S. , 2012 May. Journal of American Medicine

Kawamoto, S. , 1999. RadioGraphics

Kufe D. , BC Decker, 2003. Holland-Frei Cancer Medicine, 6th edition

Mayo Clinic: "Pseudomembranous colitis," "C. difficile infection."

Medscape: "Pseudomembranous Colitis Surgery."

St. Luke's Health System: "Pseudomembranous colitis."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on April 24, 2017

SOURCES:

Hempel S. , 2012 May. Journal of American Medicine

Kawamoto, S. , 1999. RadioGraphics

Kufe D. , BC Decker, 2003. Holland-Frei Cancer Medicine, 6th edition

Mayo Clinic: "Pseudomembranous colitis," "C. difficile infection."

Medscape: "Pseudomembranous Colitis Surgery."

St. Luke's Health System: "Pseudomembranous colitis."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on April 24, 2017

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