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Who's at most risk for pseudomembranous colitis (PMC)?

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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. You're specifically at risk if you:

  • Are over 65
  • Have been in an intensive-care unit (ICU)
  • Have burns on your body
  • Have had a C-section or surgeries of the GI tract
  • Have kidney problems
  • Diseases of the colon such as inflammatory bowel disease or colorectal cancer
  • Use chemotherapy drugs
  • Use of drugs called proton-pump inhibitors, which lessen stomach acid
  • Have had a previous C. diff infection

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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