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What will you need if your pseudomembranous colitis (PMC) is severe or keeps coming back?

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Pseudomembranous colitis (PMC) is inflammation in your colon that happens when there's too much of certain bacteria in your system. If your PMC is severe or keeps coming back, you may need:

  • Extra rounds of antibiotics
  • Fetal microbial transplant (FMT), during which your doctor puts healthy stool from a donor into your system to help restore good bacteria
  • Surgery to take out part of your colon (less than 1% of people with PMC need this.)

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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