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C. Difficile Treatment 2

Two years ago our 4-year-old son had a blockage in his bowel. Recently he was in the hospital for 8 days with much pain. They did an upper GI series, endoscopy, CT scan and blood work, which were all negative. He has also had C.Difficile and colitis treated with antibiotics but with no improvement.

I assume that the pain is cramping with the diarrhea. C. difficile can be hard to treat and certainly can come back. If it doesn't respond to flagyl, we usually treat another cycle. You can also try oral vancomycin, but it is very expensive. We have often used Amphogel to bind the toxin (1/2cc/kg/dose 4 times a day--not by other meds as it will bind them) and either homemade yogurt or lactobacillus capsules to try and alter the flora enough to control the diarrhea and cramps. The prep we use is called Culturelle.

You don't usually want to do a barium enema if there is inflammation of the colon; they should have been able to lookfairly well with the CT scan.

CP/TK 7-13-10



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