Antibiotic-associated diarrhoea

Antibiotic-associated diarrhoea can be broadly divided into two groups:

  1. Clostridium difficile colitis
  2. non-specific diarrhoea

The former is a life threatening condition, requiring prompt diagnosis and treatment whereas the later is milder and self limiting. 

Both result from changes in the bowel flora following administration of typically broad spectrum antibiotics.

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